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Ivan's Story: From America With Lovei
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December 19, 2014
Two years ago, Russia imposed a ban on adoptions by U.S. citizens. One couple from Arizona, Melanie and Jay Brederik, adopted their son Ivan from Tomsk before the ban came into force. Volunteers had been unable to find a Russian family for the toddler, who was born with only one arm and no legs. Now a thriving first-grader, Ivan wears high-tech prosthetics, plays baseball, and has quickly adapted to life in his American family. (Melani Bachina, RFE/RL)

Ivan's Story: From America With Love

Two years ago, Russia imposed a ban on adoptions by U.S. citizens. One couple from Arizona, Melanie and Jay Brederik, adopted their son Ivan from Tomsk before the ban came into force. Volunteers had been unable to find a Russian family for the toddler, who was born with only one arm and no legs.

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Video Flowers And Devastation At Peshawar School

Crowds of people have been laying flowers at the Army Public School in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, where Taliban militants killed 141 people. Inside the school, the auditorium where most of the pupils were killed was a scene of utter devastation.

Video As Ruble Falls, Tajik Village Suffers

The Russian ruble has collapsed, but the effects are not only being felt in Russia. In the Tajik village of Eloki, marriages are being canceled and houses left half-built as remittances from migrant laborers dry up. Nearly every family has been affected – this is one family’s story.


Video Peshawar Shuts Down To Honour Victims Of Taliban Attack

Shops and public buildings were closed in Peshawar on December 17, as three days of official mourning began to honor the victims of the Taliban attack on a school the previous day in which 141 people were killed. Traffic in the usually congested city was thin. An anti-Taliban protest was also held.

Video Peshawar Mourns Its Dead

Funerals were held in Peshawar on December 17, for children killed in the Taliban attack on a school the previous day. The death toll stands at 132 children and nine staff members, while many more are wounded in hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)


Video Muscovites Worried As Ruble Tumbles

Muscovites shared their concerns about the falling ruble on December 16, as the Russian currency hit historic lows of nearly 80 to the dollar before partially recovering later. The collapse came despite the central bank hiking its key interest rate to 17 percent the previous day.

Video Tears And Coffins At Peshawar Hospital As Death Toll Mounts

Distraught parents were in tears as children were admitted to Peshawar's Lady Reading hospital on December 16 following the Taliban attack on a school in the city. As the death toll from the attacks rose, coffins were seen being loaded into vehicles in front of the hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)


Video Russia Is Back In Afghanistan -- With Millions In Investment

Russia has been investing heavily in Afghanistan for the past two years, restoring once-abandoned factories and funding new infrastructure ventures. Moscow’s outlay on scores of projects marks its return to a country the Soviet Union considered part of its strategic backyard.

Video Poland's First Openly Gay Mayor: 'Ready For Change'

Robert Biedron, the first openly gay mayor of a Polish city, was sworn in to his new position this week in the town of Slupsk. This autumn, while serving in parliament, Biedron spoke to RFE/RL about what he sees as the steadily growing acceptance of gay rights in Poland.


Video Battling The Cold At East Ukraine Checkpoint

As winter sets in, fighters in eastern Ukraine face a new enemy -- the cold. At a pro-government checkpoint north of Mariupol on December 8, soldiers from the Poltava volunteer brigade said they lacked winter uniforms, boots, and thermal underwear. (Evhen Solonyna, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Remembering The First Chechen War

Twenty years later after the first Chechen conflict, RFE/RL looks back at the destruction wrought upon Grozny.


Video Power Cut, 'Bomb Threat' Disrupt Khodorkovsky Speech

Supporters of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his pro-reform Open Russia project held a conference in St. Petersburg on December 7, where the Kremlin critic delivered a speech by video link. While Khodorkovsky spoke, the electricity went off in the conference room and police tried to dismiss the guests.

Video Afghan Families Fear Winter Without Food, Shelter

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans have been displaced by Taliban attacks and other violence, fleeing to safer havens within the country. In the western city of Herat, a bastion of relative peace, displaced people have set up a makeshift camp by a busy road as they wait for assistance.


Video The Battle For Pisky – The Village That’s Key To Controlling Donetsk Airport

Despite the announcement of a new cease-fire around Donetsk, there have been reports of continued fighting around the airport and the nearby village of Pisky where a mix of Ukrainian government forces, volunteers, and Right Sector nationalists have been fighting separatists.

Video Interview: Gazprom Must Play By EU Rules, Says EU Vice-President

European Commission Vice-President and Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic told RFE/RL that Russia's South Stream gas pipeline could be revived if Moscow understood that Gazprom had to abide by EU energy market rules. This week Russia announced it was abandoning the project.


Video Sikhs And Hindus Flee Afghanistan As NATO Pulls Back

Hundreds of Sikhs and Hindus have fled Afghanistan this year, citing mounting persecution and fears of the Taliban as international forces wind down their military presence. The few thousand who remain describe a community under siege.

Video In Northwest Pakistan, Riders Revive Ancient Game Of Neza Bazi

Pakistani horsemen showed off their equestrian skills in the game of neza bazi -- known in English as tent pegging -- at a recent tournament in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Though the sport has its roots in military maneuvers, organizers said they wanted the event to send a message of peace.


Video As Fight Against IS Rages, Turkish Camps Overflow With Kobani Refugees

Hundreds of thousands of people have fled Kobani and the surrounding region of Syria as Islamic State militants battle for control of the city. Many have sought refuge in the Turkish town of Suruc, where refugee camps are barely able to house the growing numbers.

Video Violence Erupts in Ferguson, Missouri

Unrest erupted in the U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer with any crime for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. Despite pleas for peace from community leaders, protesters looted shops and set fire to buildings.


Video The Village On The Ukrainian Front Line

The Ukrainian village of Krymske lies on the front line. Government forces are dug in around the village, but civilians face frequent artillery fire from Russian-backed separatists. Many feel they have no choice but to stay -- and take their chances with the shells falling around them.

Video Displaced Ukrainians Seek Safety On Both Sides Of Russian Border

Some have traveled by train to southern Russia; others have found refuge in quieter parts of Ukraine. But all those displaced by the conflict in eastern Ukraine have one thing in common: They are seeking safety and a chance to return to an ordinary life.

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RFE/RL Video Roundup - Dec. 19i
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December 19, 2014
Pakistanis march to condemn the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Russians demand the right to direct mayoral elections, and Armenians protest over rising food prices, plus more stories from Pakistan and Georgia.
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Pakistanis march to condemn the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Russians demand the right to direct mayoral elections, and Armenians protest over rising food prices, plus more stories from Pakistan and Georgia.
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Video December 18

Peshawar mourns after the Taliban's school attack, Muscovites rush to the stores as the ruble drops, a political prisoner is released in Belarus, plus stories from Afghanistan, Serbia, and Armenia.
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Video December 17

Funerals for the victims of a Taliban attack in Pakistan, an Eastern European summit in Serbia, and a protest against the destruction of cultural heritage in Georgia, plus stories from Macedonia and Iraq.
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Video December 16

Taliban gunmen take over a school in Peshawar in one of Pakistan's worst attacks; Kazakhs mourn the victims of suppressed protests; Georgia investigates claims of abuse in prison; and Afghanistan moves ahead with plans for an international railway.
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Video December 15

Disgruntled EXPO workers clash with police in Kazakhstan, an anti-polio drive resumes following a Taliban attack in Pakistan, a show seeks UNESCO status for rugs in Moldova, plus stories from Bosnia and Afghanistan (RFE/RL)

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