Wednesday 11 July 2012
June 19, 2012
From Coal Mines To Gold Mines In Germany's Ruhr
There was a time when people did their best to avoid western Germany's Ruhr region, best known as a decaying industrial area dominated by coal mines and blast furnaces. But now the area is enjoying a "green" transformation that is powering a tourist boom. A number of former industrial sites have been transformed into centers for business, entertainment, and tourism.
June 18, 2012
Vaclav Havel: A Presidency In Pictures
With June 18 marking six months since the death of former Czechoslovak and Czech President Vaclav Havel, an exhibition has opened in Prague featuring pictures of the writer and dissident taken by CTK photographers from 1988 to 2011. The many previously unpublished images show some of the most interesting and intimate moments of Havel's eventful presidencies.
June 15, 2012
Four Generations Of A Czech Romany Family
The working-class neighborhood of Zizkov is one of the centers of the Romany, or Gypsy, minority in the Czech capital, Prague. Some 150,000 to 300,000 Roma live in the entire country, and their communities often suffer from social exclusion, high unemployment, and low rates of education. RFE/RL photographer Kristyna Dzmuranova visited one family in Zizkov, the Cinas, to record some details of their daily life and family history.
June 15, 2012
A Brief History Of Women In Space
China planned to become just the third country to send its own woman into space on June 16, when 33-year-old Liu Yang was to blast off with two male colleagues on a mission to dock with the Tiangong 1 (Heavenly Garden) module. She hoped to join some prestigious -- and surprisingly varied -- company.
June 14, 2012
Ghazni: Images Of Ancient Afghan Grandeur
In 2007, when ISESCO chose the Afghan city of Ghazni as an Islamic Capital of Culture for 2013, hopes were raised the city might be restored to its former glory. With less than a year to go, however, these hopes have given way to fear that negligence and insecurity will derail the celebrations.
June 13, 2012
Russian, Polish Supporters Clash In Warsaw
At the Euro 2012 football championships, Russia and Poland played to a 1-1 tie in their Group A game in the Polish capital, Warsaw, in a match tainted by clashes between supporters before play began. Overall, 15 were reported injured while more than 140 people were detained after clashes.
June 12, 2012
All Work And No Play: World Day Against Child Labor 2012
The International Labor Organization launched the first World Day Against Child Labor in 2002. It is an effort to draw attention to the plight of the 250 million children between 5 and 14 who are put to work -- 120 million of them full-time and four out of five without pay. Asia has the largest number of child workers in absolute terms. The photographs in this gallery highlight kids from RFE/RL's broadcast region working in inappropriate jobs. Putting children to work not only endangers their health, in many cases, but deprives them of adequate education and, well, the chance just to be kids.
June 11, 2012
Hunting On The Caspian Coast
Azerbaijan's Devechi region, on the shores of the Caspian Sea, is poor in economic opportunities but rich in wildlife. RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service photographer Abbas Atilay joined a group of bird hunters on an early morning expedition to try to bring home dinner and supplement their incomes.
June 05, 2012
China Copies The World, Village By Village
A Chinese company recently erected a copy of the Austrian village of Hallstatt in the southern province of Guangdong, down to the statues. But it's hardly the first time China has taken a European city as inspiration to build a tourist destination or housing development back home.