Wednesday, July 30, 2014


People walk through the rubble of a Shi'ite mosque after it was destroyed in a bomb attack by militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), in the Iraqi city of Mosul on July 23.

Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble

The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam. More

Local residents pass the covered body of an apparent civilian casualty in the village of Stanitsa Luhanskaya, in the eastern industrial province of Luhansk, on July 2.

Few Want To Take Responsibility As Civilian Casualties Add Up In Ukraine War

As Kyiv closes in on separatist positions in eastern Ukraine, questions linger over civilian casualties. More

A demonstration in New York city on July 19 demanding sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine.

New Sanctions Due Against Russia

The leaders of the United States, Britain, France, Germany, and Italy have agreed by telephone that they would impose new sanctions on Russia for its role in the crisis in Ukraine. More

Yukos was formerly owned by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who served eight years in prison on tax-evasion and embezzlement charges before being pardoned last year.

Interview: Expert Says Yukos Ruling Could Take Years To Enforce

In what has been the largest such ruling of its kind, an international arbitration court in The Hague has ruled against Russia and awarded former majority shareholders of the Yukos oil company $50 billion for Moscow's seizure and sale of the corporation's assets. But Loukas Mistelis, the director of the School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary University of London, told RFE/RL's Glenn Kates that it could be more than a decade before investors recover these assets. More

Photogallery World War I Anniversary: Five Historians, Two Questions

One hundred years after the beginning of World War I, historians are still wondering how it started. Meanwhile many of the rest of us wonder if the global situation today is as perilous as it was on the eve of that cataclysm. More


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