Tuesday, July 22, 2014


An Afghan election commission worker awaits the opening of ballot-box seals for an audit of the presidential runoff vote at a counting center in Kabul on July 17.

Parliamentary System A Risky Solution For Afghanistan

Creating a parliamentary system might be a cure for what ails Afghan politics. But it also promises to be a protracted undertaking that is fraught with risks. More

A young boy takes a picture of a crater left in the asphalt in the eastern city of Donetsk.

Nervous And Thirsty, Donetsk Braces For A Showdown

As separatist fighters dig in against a possible Ukrainian government offensive on the city of Donetsk, residents now face the possibility of being without water. Fighting around the city has damaged the city's water-supply system, and Donetsk could be dry in a matter of days. More

A file photo of a newsstand near a Moscow metro station

What The Russian Papers Are Saying About Flight MH17

Scrambling to explain the downing of the MH17 Boeing 777, Russia's print media is giving credence to Kremlin-friendly theories that to many outside the country would seem far-fetched. More

PHOTO GALLERY: In a dramatic scene at a scheduled public execution, an Iranian woman spared the life of her son's killer as he stood with a noose around his neck. The victim's relatives were tasked with pushing the chair out from under the convicted killer, but instead the victim's mother slapped him and then forgave him. The scene was captured in photographs by Arash Khamooshi of Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency.

Photogallery Wave Of Forgiveness Washes Over Iran

Despite the regime's endorsement of capital punishment as a crime deterrent, a wave of mercy and forgiveness has gripped Iran. More

Responders stand amid aircraft parts at the crash site one day after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 crashed on July 19, with 298 people from 11 countries aboard, in a field near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held eastern Ukraine.

Flight MH17 Fact Sheet: Evidence Increasingly Points To Moscow

Evidence increasingly appears to show that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was brought down by pro-Russian separatists -- and that Moscow is hindering the investigation. More


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Border With Russia Helps Luhansk Republic Hang On

The Ukrainian government has intensified efforts to reestablish its authority in Luhansk Oblast. But the breakaway region's control of a section of the border with Russia is proving a difficult lifeline to sever.
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Four Kosovars Undertake Epic Trek To Campaign Against EU Visas

Four men who set off on a 2,500 kilometer trek from the town of Gjilan in eastern Kosovo finally reached their destination in Brussels on July 17 after 78 grueling days on the road.
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Interview: What Will MH17 Investigators Be Looking For At Crash Site?

A team of international investigators has traveled to rebel-held eastern Ukraine to collect evidence from the crash site of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. Joseph Burnside, the editor of "Aviation Safety" magazine, spoke to RFE/RL about what investigators may expect to find once they reach the site.
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Interview: RT Is About 'Pointing Fingers' Says Ex-Correspondent Who Resigned

Sara Firth, a London-based correspondent with RT (previously known as Russia Today), has resigned in protest at the channel's coverage of the shooting down of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Firth told RFE/RL's Golnaz Esfandiari that the Russian state run news channel is all about "pointing fingers" and "deflecting attention from Russia."
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Charting Separatists' Use Of Increasingly Sophisticated Weaponry In Ukraine

As fighting in Ukraine has intensified, pro-Russia separatists are using increasingly sophisticated weaponry on the battlefield.
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Video The Malaysia Airliner Downing Through The Eyes Of Russian State Television

The vast majority of Russians continue to get their news about the world from Russian state television. What did they see about the July 17 incident involving a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet that went down in eastern Ukraine?
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Kyiv Releases Audio Evidence That Donetsk Militants Got Antiaircraft Weapons From Russia

Ukraine's Security Service has released more audio of purported conversations among militants in eastern Ukraine that Kyiv believes proves they received powerful Buk-M antiaircraft weapons and the crews to man them from Russia on July 14.
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Fact Sheet: What Early Evidence Says About MH17

International officials initially called the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 a crash. Now they're saying the passenger jet was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. Kyiv is blaming Russia and the pro-Moscow separatists. Russia is blaming the Ukrainians.
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Explainer: How Much Of An Escalation Is Latest Round Of U.S. Sanctions?

The United States has unveiled a major, third wave of sanctions on Russia and the European Union announced that it would also strengthen its sanctions against Moscow. What effect will the new round of sanctions have?
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Donetsk Separatists Dig In For Street Fighting

Ukraine's pro-Russia separatists say they won't give up Donetsk, their largest stronghold, without a fight. Now they are digging in for battle.
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