Friday, November 21, 2014


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

A deal on Iran's nuclear program would be a political boost to both U.S. President Barack Obama (left) and Iranian President Hassan Rohani.

Two Futures: With An Iran Nuclear Deal, And Without

The world could look very different depending on the success or failure of the Iran nuclear talks. More

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sparked controversy at home and abroad by backing a widely disputed claim that Muslims reached America before Columbus. (file photo)

Video Why Does Turkey's President Think Muslims Discovered America?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is no stranger to controversy but even many seasoned Turkey watchers were taken aback when he boldly claimed that "Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus." More

Student Sofia Marchenko hands out baked cookies for Euromaidan protesters in Kyiv last winter.

Video Faces Of The Maidan: Where Are They Now?

One year after the beginning of the Maidan protest movement that changed the course of Ukraine's history, RFE/RL went back to talk to some of the memorable people who were heavily involved in those tumultuous events. More

Video Russian Oysters? Foie Gras? Not A Problem, Say Farmers In Sanctions-Hit Russia

Initiatives are cropping up across Russia to replace Western food products banned by Moscow. But consumers are already feeling the sting of sanctions. More


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Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has shed some light on his administration's troubled relationship with Washington, describing his country as a young boy pitted against a muscular, weapon-toting "bully."
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Embattled Ekho Moskvy’s Long Record Of Riling Officials

For nearly 25 years, the Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy has been targeted by officials in Moscow over its fiercely independent reporting and commentary. Here’s a look at four examples of the radio station’s run-ins with powerful officials in Moscow.
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Iranians Mourn Fallen Pop Star With Puzzling Public Outpouring

Iranians have taken to the streets to grieve the death of pop singer Morteza Pashaei in the country’s largest mass gatherings since the controversial 2009 presidential election. Many wonder exactly what’s driving this mass mourning.
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In Ukraine, Grief, Pride, And Anger As Families Remember Euromaidan Dead

As Ukraine prepares to mark one year since the Euromaidan revolt broke out in Kyiv, the anniversary is stirring up painful memories for families of those killed during the protests.
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Video Interview: Iran's 'Rosewater' Journalist Maziar Bahari Is 'Not Expecting A Revolution'

Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari, whose detention and torture by Iranian authorities are given cinematic treatment in “Rosewater,” a new film by U.S. political satirist and “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, tells RFE/RL that he wants officials in Tehran to watch the film and rethink their actions.
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Video Interview: Ukrainian 'Cyborg' Describes Nine Days Defending Donetsk Airport

RFE/RL's Ukraine Service caught up with Serhiy Halyan, one of the Ukrainian troops -- admiringly dubbed "cyborgs" for their staunch defense of the international airport on the war-torn outskirts of Donetsk -- who survived a surreal nine days at the airport and whose father is a Russian army colonel.
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Belgrade Plays Down Joint Military Exercise With Russia

Serbia and Russia have conducted a one-day joint antiterrorism exercise -- the first-ever such event on Serbian territory. But officials in Belgrade seem reluctant to discuss the historic event.
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Under Fire In Ukraine, OSCE Questions Its Worth

Since March, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has maintained a special monitoring mission in Ukraine. In July, it added a second mission along the Russian side of the border. But with Ukrainian anger rising over the OSCE's role, the Vienna-based agency appears to be doing some soul-searching.
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How The 'Rosetta' Comet Discovery Narrowly Avoided The Soviet Dustbin

The speeding comet that a European spacecraft has landed on was discovered by a Soviet astronomer who nearly tossed a key photograph of the celestial body in the waste basket.
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Tajik Mullahs Raise Funds For Ruling Party HQ

Following a number of scandals that got the attention of the authorities, mosques and mullahs in southern Tajikistan are raising funds to construct a local headquarters for the president's political party.
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