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While he made frantic calls from a hotel near the Belarusian border, his family hid in a frigid forest ditch, desperate to evade Polish patrols. A Syrian family's struggle to survive is a microcosm of a migrant crisis that Angela Merkel said was a result of "state-backed human trafficking" by Minsk. By Matthew Luxmoore
Romania is at the forefront of a wave of COVID-19 sweeping across Central and Eastern Europe, with one of the world's highest mortality rates. But instead of urging citizens to get vaccinated and remain vigilant, some politicians continue to spew disinformation about the deadly virus. By Oana Despa and Tony Wesolowski
The diplomatic tensions caused by masses of migrants seeking to cross the border from Belarus into Poland increased on November 9, with the European Union and the Kremlin weighing in on opposite sides of the dispute. There were also more signs of a growing humanitarian crisis. By Ray Furlong
How Will Bulgaria Vaccinate A Skeptical Public When It Can't Even Convince Its Doctors To Get The Shot?
Bulgaria is enduring one of the world's deadliest COVID-19 outbreaks thanks in part to its failure to vaccinate. Doctors, nurses, and other caregivers are part of the problem. By Nikolay Lachiev and Andy Heil
Fresh destruction at the site of the Bamiyan Buddhas comes despite a Taliban vow to protect all of Afghanistan's historical relics. By Ron Synovitz and RFE/RL's Radio Azadi
The story of how a former monk at a famous Russian monastery became the owner of a major construction company -- and the apparent son-in-law of a Kremlin-connected billionaire oligarch -- is a mystery. RFE/RL tried to sort it out. By Mark Krutov and Sergei Dobrynin
After police searched the apartment of a woman protesting a Yerevan property development, locals say hopes of change after the 2018 revolution are fading. By Amos Chapple and Robert Zargarian
A spray-painted image of wartime Bosnian Serb leader and convicted war criminal Ratko Mladic has been put under police guard after ultranationalists objected to efforts to erase the divisive image from a wall in Serbia's capital. By Nevena Bogdanovic, Predrag Urosevic, and Andy Heil
A COVID hospital in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, is close to running out of beds with oxygen. Doctors say nearly all the patients need oxygen and 90 percent of them are not vaccinated. RFE/RL spoke to some of the patients, with many regretting their decision not to be inoculated. Around 20 percent of the country's 44 million people have been fully vaccinated so far, according to estimates. By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and Neil Bowdller
The first memoirs of Iran's former empress, Farah Diba Pahlavi, are being republished in English, shedding renewed light on royal life just three years before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. By Golnaz Esfandiari and Hossein Ghavimi