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All Work And No Play At Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kuli
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July 29, 2015
As Kyrgyz families escape the heat on the shores of the country's largest lake, some children have no chance to enjoy the summer holiday. At one lakeside resort, kids as young as first-graders work for extra cash to be able to buy school books or help their struggling parents pay off debts. (Zhibek Begalieva, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

All Work And No Play At Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul

As Kyrgyz families escape the heat on the shores of the country's largest lake, some children have no chance to enjoy the summer holiday. At one lakeside resort, kids as young as first-graders work for extra cash to be able to buy school books or help their struggling parents pay off debts.

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Video A Strategic Ukrainian Factory In The Line Of Fire

The Avdiyivka Coke and Chemical Plant produces the fuel that powers Ukraine's massive steel industry. It also sits on the front lines of the country's separatist conflict. Though the plant has come under heavy fire, the workers say they have no choice but to keep production running.

Video Bull-Running In Pakistan

In rural northwest Pakistan, the ancient Pashtun tradition of bull-running is still going strong. Blindfolded bulls have eight minutes to race around in a circle, powering a water pump as they go. The bull that makes the most circuits is the winner. (Zaland Yousufzai, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)


Video Sun, Sea, And Bombs -- A Ukrainian Beach Holiday

As Ukraine basks in summer sunshine, the beach resorts on the Sea of Azov are not doing well. The distant rumble of rocket fire and the roadblocks don't make for much of a holiday atmosphere. Bookings have collapsed, and the tourism business is in ruins. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and Current Time)

Video VOA Interview: U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry

In an exclusive interview with VOA's Persian News Network, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the easing of sanctions on Iran is likely to have a real impact on Iran's economy and standard of living, possibly within six months. Kerry told VOA's Setareh Derakhshesh on July 20 that although


Video Afghan Widows Build Unique Community On Kabul Hill

A group of Afghan women have formed a unique community on top of a hill in Kabul. Known as ‘’Women’s Hill,” the community of widows is breaking taboos in a country dominated by men -- working for a living, and even building their own houses.

Video Thousands Stream Through Serbia En Route To EU

As Hungary this week began work on a border fence to keep out migrants, its neighbor Serbia is trying to deal with the steady flow of people making their way toward the European Union. At a new refugee center in the town of Presevo, volunteers are offering what little aid they can.


Video Dutch Town Battles MH17 Trauma

The Dutch town of Hilversum saw three entire families killed when Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. A year later, the town is contemplating its loss with stoicism -- and a plan to commemorate the victims with sunflowers grown from seeds collected at the crash site.

Video 'There Was A Body In The Kitchen': Villagers Recall MH17 Tragedy, One Year On

A year after 298 people were killed when Malaysian airlines flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, there is still no definitive account of what happened. But in the village where the plane came down, the horror of that day is ever present.


Video The End Of A Railroad -- And A Siberian Village

Deep in the forests of western Siberia, a few villagers ride hand-built railroad cars along rusting tracks to reach the nearest town. The logging industry that once supported them is gone, and soon, the lifeline provided by the railroad will be gone as well. (Melani Bachina, RFE/RL's Russian Service

Video Leyla, Arif Yunus Arrive In Court In Baku

Human rights activists Leyla and Arif Yunus arrive in court in Kau on July 15.


Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's Weak Hand Exposed

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video 'Faces Of Srebrenica' Receives Strong Response

The author of the Faces Of Srebrenica project has been inundated with responses since it appeared on the RFE/RL website. Dzenana Halimovic says families of people killed in the Srebrenica massacre have sent around 100 new photos of victims since the project was published.


Video Three Generations To Be Laid To Rest In Srebrenica

On July 11, Bosnia-Herzegovina marks the 20th anniversary of the wartime massacre of Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica. As part of the commemorations, the bodies of 136 newly identified victims will be buried at a memorial cemetery. One family is mourning three generations of loved ones.

Video Twenty Years After Srebrenica, Wounds Have Yet To Heal

On July 11, Bosnia-Herzegovina marks the 20th anniversary of the massacre of Muslims in Srebrenica -- the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II. RFE/RL's Balkan Service tells the stories of two people whose lives were changed forever by the events of Srebrenica.


Video What Happened At Srebrenica

Twenty years ago, on July 11, 1995, Bosnian Serb forces led by General Ratko Mladic entered the town of Srebrenica and killed 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys. The bodies were dumped in mass graves. It was the worst atrocity in Europe since the World War II.

Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's Play For Greece

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.


Video Ukraine Calls Moscow's Bluff

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

Video Interview: Former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva

Former Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva, who was the interim leader in the wake of her country's 2010 revolution, spoke with RFE/RL's Tajik Service in Prague about unresolved border issues in Central Asia, the growing threat of radicalism, and Russia's role in the region.


Video Azov Battalion Fights Rebels Near Mariupol

A former resort town near Mariupol on the Sea of Azov is largely abandoned now, patrolled by Ukrainian troops on one side and Russia-backed separatists on the other.

Video The Daily Vertical: Russia's G-Word Problem

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

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"Same Language, Same Country, We Are All Romanians"i
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July 29, 2015
Young Moldovans protested in front of the parliament building to demand that the country's constitution be changed to identify the state language as Romanian, rather than Moldovan. The question of whether Moldovan and Romanian are distinct languages is a divisive issue in the country.
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Video "Same Language, Same Country, We Are All Romanians"

Young Moldovans protested in front of the parliament building to demand that the country's constitution be changed to identify the state language as Romanian, rather than Moldovan. The question of whether Moldovan and Romanian are distinct languages is a divisive issue in the country.
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Video Car Bombing Targets Police Vehicle, Two Civilians Killed

Two people died and at least 11 were wounded when a car bomb blew up in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on July 29. The bombing was apparently targeting police officers, who escaped unharmed.
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Video Armenian Activists Face Off With Police In Yerevan

Protesters in Armenia say that 1,000 police have been deployed to stop just a handful of activists from demonstrating in the city center. The protesters are part of a reduced but committed group that has vowed to continue last month's demonstrations against electricity price hikes.
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Video Afghans Cheer Cricket Team's Qualifier Victory

Cheering fans greeted members of Afghanistan's national cricket team as they returned to Kabul on July 28 after qualifying for the World Twenty20 tournament to be held next year. The Afghan team is a growing force in international competitions and has a devoted following at home.
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Video Pakistan Gives Refugees Two-Day Warning Before Home Demolition

Residents of a mud shantytown in Islamabad have received orders to leave their homes before their neighborhood is destroyed. The inhabitants, mostly Afghan refugees and displaced Pakistanis, say authorities believe the district is a hotbed of militancy.

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Scenes Of Tragedy

The Downing Of MH17

Armenia -- A demonstrator holds an Armenian flag as others shout slogans during a protest against an increase of electricity prices in Yerevan, June 25, 2015
Electric Yerevan

Protests Gain Power

Nightlife In Donetsk

Drinking After Curfew

Kids On Parade

Russia's 'Child Soldiers'

Georgia -- Georgian national game "Leloburti" in Shukhuti, Region of Guria. 12Apr2015
Georgian 'Lelo'

A Muddy, Bloody Game

Armenian Diaspora

'There Is Only The Earth'

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