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'A Gun In One Hand, A Pen In The Other'i
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February 26, 2015
In the wake of the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar, authorities in northwest Pakistan have given teachers permission to carry guns to school. Some teachers have balked at the new policy, warning that weapons in the classroom could have a negative psychological impact on their students. But even critics of the policy feel they must take strong measures to keep their schools safe. (Zaland Yousufzai and Bashir Ahmad Gwakh, RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

'A Gun In One Hand, A Pen In The Other'

In the wake of the Taliban massacre at a school in Peshawar, authorities in northwest Pakistan have given teachers permission to carry guns to school. Some teachers have balked at the new policy, warning that weapons in the classroom could have a negative psychological impact on their students.

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Video Tajiks Revive Russian Village

The village of Perelogi, 200km north of Moscow, was on the verge of dying out – until Tajik families, fleeing civil war at home, started arriving in the 1990s. They now make up almost half the population and have revitalized the village. (RFE/RL’s Current Time – www.currenttime.tv )

Video A Costly Legacy For Sochi One Year After Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian city of Sochi cost tens of billions of dollars. But for those who live and work in the Black Sea resort, there are other, hidden costs. One year after the Games, migrant laborers are still fighting for the back wages, as residents take stock of the damage.


Video 'Many Died, Many Were Wounded' In Debaltseve

Ukrainian military forces have retreated from the town of Debaltseve, which has been under siege by pro-Russian separatists. Correspondent Levko Stek of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service spoke to the soldiers outside Debaltseve after they left the town in the control of rebel fighters.

Video From Street Urchin To Movie Star

Fawad Mohammadi has had an incredible life: plucked from the obscurity of selling maps on the streets of Kabul to star in an Oscar-nominated movie, his life also inspired a British novelist. He is now studying at one of Kabul's top schools -- his days as a street child long behind him.


Video Panning For Kyrgyz Gold

To supplement his wages, Kyrgyz teacher Murat Duisheev braves sub-zero temperatures in his spare time to pan for gold in a nearby river.

Video The Daily Vertical: Will Ukraine Be Bosniafied?

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.


Video As Chinese Investment Grows, Tajik Students Hurry To Learn The Language

At Tajik universities, Chinese courses are filled to the limit with students eager to learn the language of their powerful neighbor. Many are hoping that growing Chinese investment in Tajikistan will mean new job opportunities in a struggling economy. (Barotali Nazarov, RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video The Daily Vertical: A Critical Week

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that will appear Monday through Friday. Viewers can submit suggested topics to address on Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.


Video Kosovar Migrants, Fleeing Poverty, Stream Into Hungary

Border towns in southern Hungary have seen a dramatic rise in the number of migrants illegally crossing into the EU state from neighboring Serbia, which recently eased its travel restrictions. The majority of the migrants are Kosovars, who are escaping from poverty and mass unemployment back home.

Video Ukrainian IDPs Recall The Horrors Of War

People fleeing the fighting in eastern Ukraine recalled what they had gone through, after arriving at government-controlled Slovyansk railway station. In interviews filmed on the station platform on February 2, IDPs spoke of fear, lack of sleep, and constant firing. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)


Video In Pakistani Schools, Jihad Is Back

Officials in northwest Pakistan have revised school textbooks to make them more Islamic -- no unveiled women, references to world historical figures replaced with prominent Muslims, and Koranic verses about jihad.

Video Injured Separatists Find Unofficial Refuge In Russia

The majority of injured separatist fighters from eastern Ukraine are treated in Russia. But their treatment is not always organized officially. In the border regions of Russia, there are informal clinics and rehabilitation centers organized by the separatists.


Video Ukrainian Civilians Flee Battle-Scarred Town

Ukrainian forces are helping civilians flee the town of Debaltseve, which has been hit by heavy shelling amid ongoing clashes. Servicemen also brought in bread supplies for residents who are unable or unwilling to leave.

Video As Fighting Rages, Ukrainian Civilians Grow Desperate

The town of Debaltseve has been caught in the crossfire between Ukrainian military forces and separatist fighters for more than two weeks. Many residents have fled, and those who remain are struggling to survive as food supplies dwindle and the fighting draws closer.


Video A 'City Of Ghosts' In Eastern Ukraine

Avdiyivka, just north of Donetsk, has been shelled by both sides of the conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists. There are no soldiers in the town, and many inhabitants have also left.

Video Civilians In Separatist-Held Areas ‘Under Fire Daily’

In recent days, Russian-backed separatists have been advancing in eastern Ukraine. As fighting with Ukrainian forces intensifies, indiscriminate shelling has caused dozens of civilian casualties, as well as damaging homes and other property.

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RFE/RL Video Roundup - February 26i
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February 26, 2015
Afghans celebrate their first ever victory in a World Cup cricket match, Kyrgyzstan accuses Belarus of harboring Kyrgyz criminals, knocking down illegally built shops in Pakistan -- plus more from Afghanistan.
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Video February 26

Afghans celebrate their first ever victory in a World Cup cricket match, Kyrgyzstan accuses Belarus of harboring Kyrgyz criminals, knocking down illegally built shops in Pakistan -- plus more from Afghanistan.
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Video February 25

Sunni tribal leaders in an Islamic State-controlled Iraqi town blame Iran for a bombing, students in Tbilisi stage a mock funeral for Georgia’s battered Lari currency, Pakistani authorities tell Afghan imams to stop preaching in Pakistani mosques – plus more stories from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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Video February 24

Afghans consult the World Food Program amid warnings of a coming drought, displaced Pakistanis call for food aid, heavy snow covers the Tajik capital, and Kyrgyzstan's Museum of Ballet opens its doors.
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Video February 23

Claims that Pashtuns are being denied identity papers in Pakistan, chemical workers pledge daily protests in Armenia, massive currency devaluation in Azerbaijan, plus stories from Georgia and Afghanistan.
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Video February 20

Pro-Russian separatists consolidate their positions in eastern Ukraine, Armenian workers demand unpaid back wages, and Tajikistan destroys seized narcotics, plus news from Pakistan.

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Bulent Kilic, a Turkish photographer for Agence France-Presse, won the First Prize in the Spot News Category, Singles, of the 2015 World Press Photo contest with this picture of a young girl after she was wounded during clashes between riot police and pro
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