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Moscow Destroys About 100 Businesses in Beautification Blitzi
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February 09, 2016
The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. Heavy equipment began tearing down about 100 buildings, which Moscow city authorities had deemed illegal. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Moscow Destroys About 100 Businesses in Beautification Blitz

The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. Heavy equipment began tearing down about 100 buildings, which Moscow city authorities had deemed illegal.

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Video Afghan Policewomen On Patrol

Afghanistan's government is making an active effort to train female police officers, creating a more balanced force that can better serve Afghan women. What is life on the force like for these female recruits? (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Pakistani Doctors' Strike Leads To New Form Of Outpatient Care

A doctors' strike in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar brought hospitals to a near standstill. Doctors still were seeing patients who needed treatment -- but in tents outside the city's main hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)


Video Kuchi Nomads: Struggling, Stateless In War-Torn Lands

As the seasons change, hundreds of thousands of nomads move with their families and livestock back and forth across Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. In an area already ravaged by war and poverty, the Kuchis are living the kind of hard life that much of the world has long forgotten.

Video Czechs Clean Up After Protests End With Firebombing

In the Czech capital, Prague, volunteers cleaned up the day after the firebombing of a building where clothes and other help for refugees are gathered. The attack, by a group of around 20 masked men, followed a day of protests by far-right groups against Muslims and immigration.


Video Flour Power: Outpouring Of Support For Pakistan's Aging Hercules

There’s been an outpouring of sympathy for Ghani Baba, the man who carries 100 kilograms of flour 1 kilometer on his back every day in Peshawar, Pakistan. What’s being done to help Ghani Baba?

Video London's Oligarch Bus Tour

Forget Buckingham Palace and Big Ben -- London's newest bus tour shows visitors the palatial homes of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs.


Video Siberian Town Dismayed By Maternity Ward's Closure

Residents of Bograd, a small town in southeastern Siberia, have lost their fight to save the local maternity ward, declared "unprofitable" by health authorities. Pregnant women from Bograd and surrounding villages will now have to travel up to 150 kilometers to give birth.

Video Kyiv Protesters Call On Dutch To Reject Russian Propaganda

Ukrainian activists protested in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kyiv with banners warning: "Don't listen to Russian propaganda." The protesters displayed a famous self-portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh with one bandaged ear, repurposing the image.


Video Aging Breadwinner Hauls More Than His Weight In Flour

Syed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) from selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years in order to provide for his family.

Video Pre-Islamic Afghan Artifacts Go On Display In Prague

From the Silk Road to the center of Europe: Ancient works from Afghanistan's pre-Islamic past have gone on display in the Czech capital, Prague. A major archaeological dig near Kabul uncovered a significant trove of artifacts, and they are helping Europeans understand more of Afghanistan's past.


Video Animals Left Behind In Armenia

In an abandoned zoo in Gyumri, Armenia, forgotten animals wallow in despair. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Kyrgyz Horsemen Go For The Goat

Across Central Asia, horsemen compete in a rugged game in which they grapple over a goat's carcass and try to drag it toward a goal. In Kyrgyzstan, the sport is known as kok-boru, and it's enjoying a nationwide revival. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)


Video Lithuania's Power Play Challenges Russia's Energy Dominance In Baltics

Lithuania is no longer at the mercy of Moscow, thanks to a liquefied natural gas terminal it has developed.

Video Vox Pop: Are You Interested In Putin's Family?

Rarely do Russians see or hear very much about Vladimir Putin's family life. Once in a while there will be revelations -- about his alleged great wealth, the activities of his children, and even his romantic life.


Video Minister Says No Accreditation For RT In Tajikistan

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov has said reporters from Kremlin-funded media outlet RT, formerly known as Russia Today, have not been given permission to operate in his country. RT has been trying to open a bureau in Dushanbe since 2014.

Video Activist Urges EU To Keep Political Pressure On Belarus

Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski has called on the European Union to maintain political pressure on Belarus's authoritarian regime.


Video As Ukraine Conflict Simmers, Kids Are Stuck At Home

In the Ukrainian village of Zaytseve, 11-year-old Edik has to cross military checkpoints and enter separatist territory just to go to school. It's a dangerous trip, so Edik and other schoolchildren have stopped going to class, and instead do their schoolwork at home.

Video License-Plate Privileges Chopped For Top Kyrgyz Officials

Kyrgyz authorities began destroying license plates designated for members of parliament and other high-ranking government officials. Parliament decided to revoke special license plates for top officials because of cases of drivers abusing their privileges and violating traffic rules.


Video Pakistani Doctors, Nurses Strike In Peshawar

Health-care workers in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar went on a one-day strike, bringing chaos for many patients at local hospitals. Doctors, paramedics and nurses agreed to strike after the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced reforms to the health-care system.

Video Pakistan Airline Workers Continue Strike After Deadly Clash

Pakistan International Airlines canceled all domestic and international flights, as the national carrier’s employees continued their strike for a second day. Workers held a sit-in protest against the government's planned privatization of the airline. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

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Georgian NGO Calls For Preservation Of Mosques, Synagoguesi
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February 10, 2016
A Georgian NGO, Human Rights Center, has asked for government support for the preservation of places of worship of minority groups in the country's south, where a Muslim community and a tiny Jewish minority live. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
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Video Georgian NGO Calls For Preservation Of Mosques, Synagogues

A Georgian NGO, Human Rights Center, has asked for government support for the preservation of places of worship of minority groups in the country's south, where a Muslim community and a tiny Jewish minority live. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)
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Video Troops Roll Through Crimea As Russia Holds Military Drills

Tanks and army trucks were lined up on the highways of Simferopol on the Crimean Peninsula on February 9, a day after the start of large-scale Russian military exercises in the region. (RFE/RL's Crimean unit)
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Video Moscow Destroys About 100 Businesses in Beautification Blitz

The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. Heavy equipment began tearing down about 100 buildings, which Moscow city authorities had deemed illegal.
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Video Pakistani Doctors' Strike Leads To New Form Of Outpatient Care

A doctors' strike in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar brought hospitals to a near standstill. Doctors still were seeing patients who needed treatment -- but in tents outside the city's main hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Soccer Returns To Pakistan's Restive Khyber Agency

Hundreds of people cheered for their teams at a soccer tournament in Pakistan's Khyber Agency. Organizers hoped the event marked a symbolic return of peace after years of unrest in the region. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

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