Thursday 12 July 2012
July 11, 2012
International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival
With the intention of showing solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement, Iran has hosted the inaugural Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival, which comprised a competition to find what judges considered to be the most apposite depiction of the United States' financial hub. The event attracted entries from hundreds of illustrators from around the world. Here's a selection of the most successful submissions.
July 08, 2012
Flooding In Southern Russia
Russia is holding a day of national mourning for victims of the devastating floods in the south of the country. The death toll in the Krasnodar region now stands at 171. Some 5,000 homes have been flooded, most in Krymsk, the worst-hit town in the Black Sea resort region.
July 04, 2012
Protests In Kyiv Target Russian Language Bill
Protesters gathered in downtown Kyiv on July 4 to oppose a bill passed in a chaotic session of parliament the same day that would give Russian equal status with the Ukrainian language across much of Ukraine for use in legal discourse, business, and education.
July 02, 2012
A Celebration Of Football In Kyiv
At the Euro 2012 final in Kyiv on July 1, Spain became the first team to win three consecutive international trophies with their resounding 4-0 defeat of Italy. The three-week tournament, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine, went off without any major glitches, drawing praise from fans and UEFA President Michel Platini. Here are some memorable images from before, during, and after the final match.
June 26, 2012
Kyrgyzstan's Lake Issyk-Kul
With pristine waters surrounded by stunning scenery, Kyrgyzstan's Issyk-Kul Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Central Asia. Every year, hordes of Kazakh and Russian tourists flock to the lake to bask on its sandy shores, avail of its excellent spa facilities, and go on treks in the surrounding Tien Shan Mountains.
June 25, 2012
Russian-Speaking New Yorkers March For Gay Rights
A group of about 70 Russian-speaking Americans participated in New York's annual Gay Pride Parade on June 24. They were members of RUSA LGBT, a New York-based gay-rights organization for those of Russian descent. They said they were marching in an effort to raise awareness about new laws in Russia they say discriminate against gays, including a law in St. Petersburg that outlaws so-called "homosexual propaganda."
June 25, 2012
The Work Of Uzbek Artist Lekim Ibragimov
A mega-painting by Uzbek artist Lekim Ibragimov is set to embark on a world tour. Eight meters high and 66 meters long, it's inspired by the collection of folk tales "One Thousand and One Nights." Ibragimov has exhibited his art in a number of countries in Western Europe and Asia, and his work can now be found in museums in Tashkent, Almaty, Moscow, Novosibirsk, and Budapest.
June 22, 2012
A Perilous Journey For Burma Refugees
Muslim refugees fleeing ethnic and sectarian violence in western Burma have been making their way by boat to neighboring Bangladesh, only to be detained and turned back by Bangladeshi border guards. Earlier this week, Radio Free Asia reported from the area on the refugee's harrowing ordeal.