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Russia Invades Ukraine
Hours after Russia invaded Ukraine, an eerie calm fell over the capital as warnings of an imminent attack sent some Kyiv residents to gas up their cars, and others headed down into the subway stations that serve as hardy bomb shelters. By Mike Eckel
A Hellish Barrage And A Mad Scramble For Shelter: Civilians At Risk As Attacks In Eastern Ukraine Intensify
Fleeing War, Ukrainians Say They'll Go 'Wherever There's An Open Door'
People gathered at the railway station in Kostyantynivka, in eastern Ukraine, hoping to catch a train to safety following Russia's invasion on February 24. A tearful woman said she had heard Poland would take refugees, while a man said his family would go "wherever there's an open door." By Current Time
Azerbaijan has one of the world's worst records on media freedom according to a ranking by Reporters Without Borders -- and it could get worse. A new media law will put even further constraints on independent media and widen the government's power to decide what is and what isn't "objective" news. By Tony Wesolowsky
A leaked conversation between top Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps officials has shed light on corruption and infighting within the force, and caused a political firestorm in Tehran. Following its publication by RFE/RL's Radio Farda, even the supreme leader has reacted angrily to the implications. By RFE/RL's Radio Farda and Golnaz Esfandiari
After being given voting rights in 2012, the traditional Hungarian diaspora has been loyal to Viktor Orban. But a new generation of Hungarians living in Western Europe -- many of whom are young, politically engaged, and no fans of the Hungarian prime minister -- is changing the electoral calculus. By Lili Rutai
There is little enthusiasm among ordinary Turkmen about the March 12 presidential election, which is seen as a mere formality for authoritarian President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to hand the presidency to his son, Serdar. By RFE/RL's Turkmen Service
Afghanistan's once-thriving beauty salons are now struggling to survive. Business owners and customers say their country's failing economy and the pervasive fear of persecution and restrictions from the ruling Taliban are causing most beauticians to close or make do with fewer customers. By RFE/RL's Radio Azadi and Abubakar Siddique
Legendary street photographer Anzor Bukharsky has watched the historic sites of his beloved Uzbekistan deformed by endless facelifts and gaudy attempts to attract foreign tourists. Now he’s making a plea to his government -- to simply do less. By RFE/RL