Saturday, March 28, 2015


A truck that belonged to Shi'ite Muslim rebels burns during clashes in Aden on March 26.

Who Has A Stake In Yemen Fight

Saudi Arabia's military intervention against Iranian-backed militants in Yemen has raised the stakes in a region already wracked by multiple conflicts, and reverberates well beyond the Middle East. Here's a look at who has a stake in the fight. More

Natalya Romanenko directed a Ukrainian choir in the far-eastern Russian city Khabarovsk for two decades.

Video 'I Wanted To Die' -- In Russia, A Woman's Life Unravels After Trip To Kyiv

The director of a Ukrainian choir in Russia has had her life turned upside down since the crisis erupted in Ukraine. More

Down but not out -- despite his resignation as governor of Dnipropetrovsk, many believe that Ukrainian politics has not seen the last of Ihor Kolomoyskiy.

In Dnipropetrovsk, Kolomoyskiy's Departure Leaves No One Indifferent

This week's surprise ouster of oligarch and Dnipropetrovsk Governor Ihor Kolomoyskiy has prompted strong emotions among locals, who -- love him or hate him -- acknowledge the key role he's played in keeping the eastern region safe. More

Members of the Afghan Solidarity Party wearing masks of the bloodied face of the woman who was lynched by a mob chant slogans during a protest against the attack in Kabul on March 23.

Farkhunda's Lynching Hits Nerve In Afghanistan

The lynching of an innocent young woman in front of a Kabul shrine has cast unprecedented attention on women's rights in Afghanistan. More

"Any virus must be crushed instantly! LGBT, drug dealers, and the propaganda of perverts are calling for the destruction of our future!"

Meet The Kremlin's Young Army Of Cybersnitches

MediaGvardia, a new Kremlin youth group, patrols the Internet in search of content that violates Russian law. Critics say it revives the Stalin-era habit of citizen informants. More


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News Analysis: Ukraine Risks 'Feudalization' As Conflict With Oligarchs Boils Over

A devastating economic crisis, an open conflict with Russia, and now a war between Kyiv and one of Ukraine's leading oligarchs. Is Kyiv making a serious effort at breaking the oligarchs' grip over Ukraine or is the country in for another round of self-destructive infighting that could produce political and economic disaster?
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One Professional Russian Troll Tells All

Ever wonder what the daily life of a Russian Internet troll is like? Dmitry Volchek of RFE/RL's Russian Service talks to a young blogger who recently spent two months working at the country's main "troll factory," the Internet Research center in St. Petersburg. He talks about the long hours, production quotas, and what he calls the "absurd" assignments that come with being a troll.
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Iran Negotiations: The Deal-Breakers

Negotiators appear to be nearing a nuclear deal with Iran, but influential voices in both Tehran and the West have drawn clear red lines that could scuttle any agreement.
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Explainer: Unpacking The Iran Sanctions

A nuclear deal with Iran appears to hinge on sanctions relief. Here's a look at who imposed the long list of sanctions against Tehran, what they target, and how easy it would be to lift them.
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'Brussels Was ... Asleep': Bildt Assesses EU's Mistakes Regarding Russia

In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels, former Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt talks frankly about the mistakes made by the European Union with regard to Russia, what he thinks the Russian president's next moves are likely to be, and why the bloc needs to engage more deeply with Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. Bildt spoke on March 22 with RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak on the sidelines of a Brussels Forum held by the German Marshall Fund.
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How A Soviet Emigre Family Took Kefir Mainstream In America

The Smolyansky family, which emigrated to Chicago from Soviet Ukraine in 1976, has built a growing empire based on kefir, a tangy cultured-milk product popular across Eastern Europe but, until recently, largely unknown to American consumers.
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Carmakers In Russia Face Tough Road Ahead

International automakers were once salivating over the prospect of tapping Russia's rapidly growing car market. The recent announcement by U.S. auto giant General Motors that it's pulling out of Russia shows how quickly that perception has changed.
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Video In Tajikistan, Too Much Cousin Love Could Be Causing Birth Defects

Tajikistan is considering a ban on marriages between first cousins, a long-standing tradition that doctors believe is the cause of many birth defects in the country.
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U.S. Reassesses Central Asia Strategy

The State Department says it has completed a review of U.S. policy toward Central Asia at a time of economic and political uncertainty in the region.
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Kyrgyz Mercenary Details Russian Military Role In Ukraine

A Kyrgyz military reserve officer has spoken in detail about his seven months of service as a mercenary in the ranks of the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Manas Mambetov says Russian troops are increasingly replacing local and mercenary fighters in the region -- and that Moscow has stepped up the provision of heavy weaponry.
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