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Saturday 14 May 2022
May 14, 2022
Affection Not Allowed: Turkmen Police Detain Hand-Holding Couples Amid New Restrictions
Dozens of couples have been arrested in Turkmenistan for holding hands in public, with police accusing them of breaching traditional norms. The arrests come as Ashgabat tightens control over the lives of women.
May 13, 2022
Chinese Dissident Artist Defies Warnings To Take On Xi, Putin, And The Ukraine War
Amid calls from the Chinese Embassy in Prague for his exhibition to be cancelled, dissident Chinese artist Badiucao unveiled a new collection that criticizes China's policies in Hong Kong and Xinjiang and takes aim at Beijing's embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war in Ukraine.
May 13, 2022
Visit To Iran By Controversial UN Rapporteur Provokes Concerns
Iranian activists have warned that the government could use a visit to Iran by a special UN rapporteur for propaganda purposes. The UN rapporteur, Alena Douhan, has also faced controversy in the past over her visits to autocratic countries.
May 11, 2022
Ukraine's Honorary Patriarch: 'God Is With David, Not Goliath,' And Ukraine Will Defeat Russia
Russia's invasion of its smaller neighbor Ukraine is analogous to the biblical tale of David and Goliath, Ukraine's honorary Patriarch Filaret has told RFE/RL. He criticized Russian Patriarch Kirill, who has backed the Kremlin's invasion, for "embarking on a path of untruth."
May 11, 2022
Tajik Officials 'Secretly Ordering' Universities To Draft Hundreds Of Students Into Army
Tajik officials are demanding that hundreds of students be conscripted into military service or face expulsion from their universities, several students and officials claim. Many Tajiks try to avoid serving in the military, which is notorious for hazing that has led to deaths or severe injuries.
Nordic Firepower: The Native Military Hardware Sweden, Finland Would Bring To NATO2
Fighters That Left Steelworks Registered As POWs, As Russia Keeps Up Shelling Of Areas In Eastern Ukraine3
Ukrainian Troops Destroy Russian Armor In Donetsk Region4
Zelenskiy Mocks Russia's Claim Of Laser Weapon Ready To Deploy In Ukraine5
Bypassing Bosnia: The Massive Bridge Set To Transform Balkan Travel6
Ukrainian Troops Taken From Azovstal Steelworks, Yielding Strategic City Of Mariupol To Russia7
Corned Beef And Cocaine8
Ukraine Hopes Soldiers Evacuated From Mariupol Can Be Part Of Prisoner Exchange9
Russia's Capture Of Azovstal: Symbolic Success, 'Pyrrhic' Victory?10
Destroyed Russian Military Equipment On Display In New Ukrainian Museum Exhibit