Saturday, November 22, 2014


At the moment, covered in dust and dirt, the once-infamous prison is nothing more than a garbage dump.

Kazakh Historians Campaign To Save Infamous Tsarist, Soviet Prison

Crumbling ruins are all that remain of a Kazakh prison with an inglorious past as a center of tsarist and Soviet repression -- leaving local historians scrambling to preserve its legacy. More

Ukrainian businesswoman Svitlana Matushko

'They Want To Frighten People' -- Donetsk Native Recalls Captivity In Rebel-Held City

Donetsk native Svitlana Matushko spent seven days in the basement of the former Ukrainian secret services building in the eastern Ukrainian city. She tells how the separatist authorities there are using terror to push out all those who oppose their agenda. More

U.S. President Barack Obama (center) could find himself struggling to get congressional approval for any potential nuclear deal with Iran.

Obama Faces Tough Crowd At Home On Iran Nuclear Deal

As a deadline approaches for world powers to strike a deal with Iran over its nuclear program, U.S. President Barack Obama faces a challenge getting it through -- or past -- a wary Congress. More

Yelena Klimova, the journalist who runs the Children-404 online support group for LGBT teenagers. (file photo)

Children-404: LGBT Support Group In Kremlin's Crosshairs

Since 2013, the support group Children-404 has been providing an online safe haven for gay Russian teens to discuss their hopes and fears. And now the authorities want to put a stop to that. More

Serbian nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj waves at supporters after arriving at his Serbian Radical Party (SRS) headquarters in Zemun, near Belgrade, on November 12.

In Releasing Seselj, ICTY Solves One Problem -- But Creates Many Others

When The Hague tribunal opted this month to provisionally release war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj to seek cancer treatment in Serbia, it was attempting to amend one of the longest, most mismanaged cases ever to come before the court. But sending the fiery Seslj home may be the start of a whole new type of trouble, for the Balkans and the tribunal alike. More


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