Friday, February 27, 2015


Watch: Afghans celebrate their country's first victory In the Cricket World Cup

Video Afghanistan Celebrates Historic Cricket Win

Afghans are whooping it up after their team's first-ever win in the Cricket World Cup against Scotland. More

Many likened the images to child soldiers recruited by extremist groups like Islamic State and Boko Haram.

Russian School's Military Presentation Sparks Outrage

A recent event at a St. Petersburg kindergarten that allowed students as young as 5 years old to hold automatic rifles and grenade launchers has set off a firestorm of criticism on Russian social media. But school administrators and military activists defend the project as a hands-on lesson in history and patriotism. More

Moscow's legendary nightclub Krisis Zhanra is normally swarming with expats, but now it seems the good times may be coming to an end. (illustrative photo)

Is The Party Over For Russia's Expats?

The uptick in expatriates leaving Russia is the latest sign of a deepening isolation from the West. More

Kazakhstan's Health Ministry has sought to reassure parents about the vaccines being used, noting that they were certified by the World Health Organization.

Kazakhstan Suspends Measles Vaccination Campaign After Many Students Fall Ill

A compulsory measles-vaccination campaign has been suspended in Kazakhstan after some 100 teenagers reportedly fell ill after being inoculated. Despite protests by parents, however, health authorities are determined to resume the campaign within days. More

Aron Shemaiyer is the nom de plume of Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the influential spokesman of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Orthodox Priest Presents Dystopic Vision Of Russia

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin has published a dystopian novel about Russia in 2043 -- after it falls to a fascist, gay, Ukrainian nationalist junta. More


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UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced on February 24 that Britain would send military personnel to Ukraine soon to help train its army. RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak spoke to Judy Dempsey, senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor-in-chief of the blog Strategic Europe about the significance of the move.
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Mass Abduction Of Hazaras In Afghanistan Raises Fears Of Islamic State

The kidnapping of dozens of Hazaras in southern Afghanistan by unidentified militants has heightened fears about the presence of the Islamic State group.
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'Propaganda Bullhorn' Or 'Alternative Perspective'? U.S. Students Put Kremlin-Funded RT Under Microscope

A group of graduate students at a top American journalism school are in the midst of dissecting Kremlin-funded television network RT’s coverage of global events to examine whether its reputation as a “propaganda bullhorn” is justified.
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As Minsk II Flounders, Europe Scrambles For A Backup Plan

As hopes for implementation of the Minsk II agreement on stabilizing eastern Ukraine fade, the European Union is wrestling with the question, "What next?"
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15 Years Later, Questions Remain About Death Of The Man Who Made Putin

Anatoly Sobchak, the man credited with launching Vladimir Putin’s political career, died 15 years ago of a reported heart attack. Some have speculated that Putin was involved in his death -- conjecture that is likely to be stoked by a new book.
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Timeline: Rakhat Aliev's Fall From Grace

Rakhat Aliev rose to the pinnacle of political power in energy-rich Kazakhstan as the son-in-law of President Nursultan Nazarbaev. But when he fell, he fell hard. We look at the key events leading to Aliev's reported suicide in a Vienna prison on February 24.
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Israeli Ex-Official Talks Tough On Nukes

A former national security adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says world powers must step up their resolve to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.
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Moldova's Creaking Political System Could Be A Gift For Moscow

After two months of bruising political wrangling, Moldova has installed a pro-Western minority government that is dependent on the support of the unpredictable Communist Party. But this makeshift resolution could end up derailing Chisinau's course toward Europe.
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Starbucks Enrages U.S. Armenian Community With PR Misfire

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