Thursday 11 July 2013
July 11, 2013
Srebrenica Victims Reburied On Anniversary Of Massacre
Thousands of people gathered near the Bosnian town of Srebrenica to mark the 18th anniversary of the wartime massacre of Bosnian Muslims there in 1995. The ceremony at the memorial center in Potocari included the reburial of 409 newly identified victims, bringing the number of graves there to more than 6,000.
July 11, 2013
70th Anniversary Of The Battle Of Kursk
The Battle of Kursk was a World War II engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk, (450 kilometers southwest of Moscow) in the Soviet Union in July and August 1943. One of the largest armored clashes of the war took place on July 12 and became a decisive Soviet victory and a major turning point in the war.
July 10, 2013
An Azerbaijani Village Nestled Among Mud Volcanoes
The village of Shikhzairli in Azerbaijan is famous for its mud volcanoes, created by hot springs leaking to the surface and mixing with dirt and deposits. Many visitors come to the town, set inside the Gobustan National Park, to see these rare geological features. But the nearby tourist attractions have done little good for the remote village, where many houses stand empty as residents move to more developed areas. (Photos by Abbas Atilay from RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service,13 PHOTOS)
July 09, 2013
Moldova Liquidates Soviet-Era Pesticides
Chemical technicians in Moldova, aided by NATO specialists, have started clearing tons of pesticides remaining from the Soviet era, preparing the chemicals to be transported and destroyed in Poland. The initiative took place during a visit by NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges Gabor Iklody, who is in Moldova to take part in "NATO Week" events promoting the alliance's goals.
July 09, 2013
Bosnians Mourn Newly Identified Srebrenica Victims
Thousands of Sarajevans came out on July 9 to escort trucks carrying the remains of 409 people from Srebrenica who were killed in 1995. The remains -- which were recently identified in unmarked mass graves -- will be taken to Potocari and buried at a memorial center on July 11, the 18th anniversary of the massacre in which Bosnian Serb forces commanded by Ratko Mladic killed up to 8,000 Muslim men and boys and buried them in mass graves. (Photos by RFE/RL Balkan Service correspondent Selma Boracic) (13 PHOTOS)
July 08, 2013
Armenians Celebrate The Vardavar Water Festival
Vardavar is a festival in Armenia where people drench each other with water. Although now a Christian tradition, Vardavar's history dates back to pagan times. The ancient festival is traditionally associated with the deity Astghik, who was the goddess of water, beauty, love, and fertility. The festivities connected with the religious observance of Astghik were originally named “Vartavar” because Armenians offered her roses as a celebration (“vart” means “rose” in Armenian and "var" means "rise"). This is why the event was celebrated at harvest time․ Vardavar is currently celebrated 98 days (14 weeks) after Easter. During the day of Vardavar itself, it is common to see people pouring buckets of water from balconies onto unsuspecting pedestrians below. It is also a means of refreshment on summer days in July, which is usually hot and dry. (Photos by RFE/RL correspondent Karen Minasyan, 20 PHOTOS)
July 07, 2013
New Business Hatches At Kyrgyzstan’s Fish Farms
After years of decline, Kyrgyzstan’s fisheries are seeing a renewal in investment and interest. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is assisting scientific research, intended to help improve yields, at private fish farms located at Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Kul and Song-Kul lakes.
July 07, 2013
Celebrations Kick Off Universiade Student Games In Kazan
The 27th Summer Universiade opened on July 6 in Kazan, the capital of the Russian republic of Tatarstan, with an elaborate ceremony featuring some 1,000 performers. The ceremony included dance, music, and theater performances focusing on the theme of Russia's ethnic diversity. This year's Universiade -- one of the biggest sporting events in the world -- includes more than 10,000 university athletes from 162 countries.
July 03, 2013
Protest Against Reform Of Russian Academy Of Sciences
The State Duma on July 3 heard a bill to reform the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Opponents of the proposed reform -- which would combine three of Russia's science academies and take control of property away from the RAS -- picketed the State Duma in Moscow. Protesters said the action symbolizes "RAS's funeral" with some participants putting wreaths and black ribbons in front of a gravestone.
July 02, 2013
'World's Largest Building' Opens In China
The New Century Global Center, described by Chinese officials as the world's largest freestanding structure, has opened to the public in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern Sichuan Province. Measuring 500 meters in length and 400 meters in width, with 1.7 million square meters of floor space, the center is large enough to contain 20 Sydney Opera Houses.
July 01, 2013
Muslim Brotherhood Offices Burned As Egypt Protests Flare
Opposition protesters in Egypt stormed and set fire to the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 1, the second day of mass protests against the government of President Muhammad Morsi. A day earlier, millions of opposition protesters took to the streets of Cairo and cities around the country in a massive display of anger and frustration, leading to clashes that left 16 people dead.