Friday, July 25, 2014


The auditors review ballots from the presidential election runoff at the Independent Election Commission office in Kabul on July 18.

Afghan Election Audit Marred By Disagreements, Delays

Just over a week into the audit of all the votes cast in Afghanistan's presidential election, the review has been marred by delays and disagreements. More

Did the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have a Buk antiaircraft missile system or not? They said they did...and then those Internet statements were gone.

Now You See It, Now You Don't: Rewriting The Ukraine Crisis

Getting the story straight on Ukraine is already hard. But the task is made even more difficult by information posted on the Internet that is subsequently "disappeared." More

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at the site of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on July 17.

As Attention Focuses On Dead, Ukraine Crash Site Remains Gray Zone

As the world's attention focuses on the sad task of burying the dead, the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine remains unsecured and barely open to investigators. That could make it increasingly difficult to ever prove decisively what brought the plane down. More

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine was a tragedy, but was it a war crime?

War Crime Question Hovers Over Malaysian Airliner Tragedy

Countries seeking to prosecute those responsible for downing a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine last week face a complex legal question: Is the tragedy a war crime? More

Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in the towns of Qaraqush and Bartala, both east of the city of Mosul in the northern province of Nineveh, pray at the St. George Church in the Kurdish autonomous region's capital, Irbil.

Mosul Expulsion Ends Centuries-Old Christian Community

When Mosul's Christians fled for their lives, their once vibrant and centuries-old community scattered to the winds. Who were Mosul's Christians? More


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Video Christians Say Terror Drove Them From Mosul

Iraqi Christians who fled Mosul say a mounting campaign of terror by the Islamic State drove them to flee their city en masse. RFE/RL spoke with a refugee from Mosul about her experience.
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Leading Russian NGOs Muzzled By 'Foreign Agents' Label

The Russian government has listed 11 nongovernmental organizations as "foreign agents." The organizations say the 2013 law establishing that designation is designed to end the work of rights activists who are not controlled by the Kremlin.
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Iranian Satellite Jamming Causes Storm Of Controversy

The Iranian government's signal jamming has been blamed for the failure to forecast a deadly storm last month in Tehran.
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Parliamentary System A Risky Solution For Afghanistan

Creating a parliamentary system might be a cure for what ails Afghan politics. But it also promises to be a protracted undertaking that is fraught with risks.
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Nervous And Thirsty, Donetsk Braces For A Showdown

As separatist fighters dig in against a possible Ukrainian government offensive on the city of Donetsk, residents now face the possibility of being without water. Fighting around the city has damaged the city's water-supply system, and Donetsk could be dry in a matter of days.
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What The Russian Papers Are Saying About Flight MH17

Scrambling to explain the downing of the MH17 Boeing 777, Russia's print media is giving credence to Kremlin-friendly theories that to many outside the country would seem far-fetched.
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Photogallery Wave Of Forgiveness Washes Over Iran

Despite the regime's endorsement of capital punishment as a crime deterrent, a wave of mercy and forgiveness has gripped Iran.
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Flight MH17 Fact Sheet: Evidence Increasingly Points To Moscow

Evidence increasingly appears to show that a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was brought down by pro-Russian separatists -- and that Moscow is hindering the investigation.
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Border With Russia Helps Luhansk Republic Hang On

The Ukrainian government has intensified efforts to reestablish its authority in Luhansk Oblast. But the breakaway region's control of a section of the border with Russia is proving a difficult lifeline to sever.
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Four Kosovars Undertake Epic Trek To Campaign Against EU Visas

Four men who set off on a 2,500 kilometer trek from the town of Gjilan in eastern Kosovo finally reached their destination in Brussels on July 17 after 78 grueling days on the road.
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