Saturday, September 05, 2015


First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum observes a military operation in Faryab Province on August 11.

Return Of Militias To Afghan Front Lines Sparks Allegations Of Abuses

The return of Afghan militias to the front line in the war against the Taliban has raised concerns, with locals claiming gross abuses at the hands of the irregular forces. More

Can Iranians be sure their online messages are not being read by the cyberpolice?

Iran's Cyberpolice Call On Internet Giants To Prevent ‘Crime' Amid Telegram Concerns

Iranian authorities have called on major global Internet firms to cooperate with Tehran in efforts to curtail "criminal" activity online, heightening concerns of potential further restrictions on free speech in the country. More

Migrants wait to disembark from the Irish Navy ship LE Niamh in the Sicilian harbor of Messina in July.

Why Don't Rich Arab Gulf States Welcome Syrian Refugees?

Amid the desperate images of Syrians risking their lives at sea to reach Europe, social media is abuzz with the question of why they don't flee to nearby, wealthy Arab Persian Gulf states instead. The answer may lie in those states' own highly ambivalent feelings about refugees. More

St. Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov claimed on September 2 that all of the city's sexual minorities had  "gone to Europe."

Too Early To Rejoice, Activists Tell Lawmaker Who 'Squeezed Out' Gays From St. Petersburg

Gay-rights activists in St. Petersburg say they have no intention of emigrating or going back into the closet despite claims by a Russian lawmaker that all gays have been "squeezed out" of the city. More

A German police officer and a migrant boy share a lighter moment after the latter's arrival at the main train station in Munich. Germany is expected to receive hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers this year.

Explainer: Who Gets Asylum In Germany?

With as many as 800,000 migrants and refugees expected to arrive in Germany this year, here are five things to know about their chances of gaining asylum there. More


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Thousands of refugees arriving by train to their dream destination -- Germany –- are receiving an outpouring of support from German officials and citizens.
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Video Grenade Thrower Described As 'Brave' Soldier

Authorities in Ukraine have arrested a 24-year-old nationalist volunteer soldier as the suspected grenade thrower in a deadly attack on security forces in Kyiv on August 31. Ihor Humenyuk warned in a YouTube video that Ukrainian people would only wait so long for reforms before it "will burst."
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Uzbekistan Doesn't Believe In Political Science

Uzbekistan's Education Ministry has eliminated political science from university curriculums, saying it doesn't fit the domestic developmental model.
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New Russian Internet Data Law Raises Questions About Privacy And Compliance

A new Russian law requiring companies to store users' personal data on Russian territory has sparked concerns about privacy and free speech. But will major companies comply, and can the law be enforced?
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Explainer: What's Behind This Week's Deadly Violence In Kyiv?

RFE/RL explains the controversial legislation at the heart of the dispute and what to expect next.
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The Taliban has published a 5,000-word biography of Mullah Akhtar Mansur, its recently named successor to spiritual leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.
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Alleged Police Beating Of Bearded Tajik Student Prompts Outrage, Investigation

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Kyiv Violence Steps Up Pressure To Reject Ultranationalists

A grenade attack against police and National Guardsmen outside Ukraine's parliament has renewed allegations that the government of President Petro Poroshenko has been too indulgent toward ultranationalists who are not afraid to use violence to promote their radical agendas.
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Russian Icon Roasted Over U.S. Citizenship

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