Friday, July 03, 2015


The yoga hall in Nizhnevartovsk

Russian Yoga Ban Leaves Officials In Awkward Pose

Authorities in a central Russian city have suffered an embarrassing backlash after attempting to ban yoga. More

Major General Sergei Kuzovlev (right) goes by the pseudonyms "Tambov" and Ignatov," according to Ukraine's SBU.

Who Are The Russian Generals That Ukraine Says Are Fighting In The Donbas?

A new dossier by the Ukrainian security service has named five Russian generals who have allegedly participated in military activities with separatist forces in eastern Ukraine. Russia has consistently denied any military involvement in the conflict there. More

Iranian President Hassan Rohani visits the control room of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

The Father Of Iran's Nuclear Program Recalls How It All Began

It was late in 1973 when Akbar Etemad got the call -- the shah wanted to discuss ways to launch a nuclear program that would cement Iran's place in the world. More

Nearly 5,000 Russians migrated to Israel in 2014

Jews Are Fleeing Russia Because Of Putin

Israel is seeing the biggest influx of Russian immigrants since the 1990s. Most of them are educated Muscovites bitterly disillusioned with their country's leadership. More

A poster of former warlord Abdul Ali Mazari hangs along a street in Mazar-e Sharif in June 2015.

Audio Slide Show Afghanistan's Underbelly: The Exposed North

The Afghan government has turned to a risky war strategy to tackle the Taliban in the country's north -- teaming up two rival former warlords with a history of animosity toward each other. More


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