Friday, March 27, 2015

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Russian Rocket With New ISS Crew Lifts Off

A Russian Soyuz TA-16M rocket with two Russian cosmonauts and one American astronaut has lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on route to the International Space Station (ISS).

Diplomatic Activity Increasing As Deadline For Iran Deal Nears

With a self-imposed deadline of March 31 to reach a framework deal on Iran's nuclear program looming, representatives of the countries involved in the negotiations were engaged in frantic last-minute diplomacy.

Russian Orthodox Priest Suspended After Blessing Ukraine-Bound Fighters

The Russian Orthodox Church has suspended a priest for incendiary comments he made during a send-off for dozens of fighters preparing to join pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Tajik Imams Call For Islamic Party's Closure At Friday Prayers

Imams at several mosques across Tajikistan have urged Muslims to support the closure of the Islamic Renaissance Party, calling for a referendum to dissolve the only officially registered Islamic party in former Soviet Central Asia.

U.S. Citizen Detained In Kyrgyzstan; NGO Office Raided

U.S. citizen Umar Farooq has been detained in southern Kyrgyzstan and the office of a nongovernmental organization he had been in touch with was raided.


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