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May 29, 2015
From Fiddles To Flamenco At A Romany Festival In Prague
The Czech capital, Prague, is hosting the Khamoro World Roma Festival, a celebration of Romany culture from across Europe. The festival was founded in 1999 by a couple from Sarajevo who wanted to share the rich cultural traditions of a minority that faces frequent discrimination in many countries. Named for the Romany word for "sun," the Khamoro festival aims to spread the energy of Romany music and dance. (Photos by Margot Buff, RFE/RL)
May 27, 2015
Afghanistan: Life In A Historical Battlefield
Successive wars for control over Afghanistan, beginning with the Great Game of the 19th century and continuing with the Soviet invasion and the U.S.-led war against the Taliban, have left behind a landscape that is both stark and striking. Rostyslav Khotin of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service recently traveled to Afghanistan to see what clues the Kremlin's 1979-89 occupation might hold for Ukraine's own conflict with Russia.
May 20, 2015
What Is Killing Off Kazakhstan's Rare Antelope?
Herds of one of Central Asia's most iconic animals, Kazakhstan's saiga antelope, are dwindling rapidly and no one seems to know why. The Kazakh Department for Emergency Situations says more than 19,000 saiga carcasses have now been buried in the country's Qostanai region, though unofficial reports on May 20 suggested the number of dead animals may already exceed 30,000.
May 19, 2015
At Least 15 Killed In Baku High-Rise Apartment Fire
At least 15 people have been killed in a fire that that ripped through a 16-story apartment building in Azerbaijan's capital. The Health Ministry told RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service that 63 other people were injured in the fire that erupted on May 19 in Baku's Binaqadi district and rushed to hospitals. Interior Minister Ramil Usubov and Prosecutor-General Zakir Qaralov were at the scene.
May 15, 2015
Ancient Palmyra Threatened By Islamic State Militants
Syrian authorities say Islamic State militants have advanced to within 2 kilometers of Palmyra, an ancient city with outstanding architectural heritage dating from the first century. The militants have caused significant damage to similar sites they have overrun in Iraq, posting videos of themselves destroying antiquities. UNESCO includes Palmyra on its list of World Heritage sites, describing it as one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world -- a crossroads for local, Persian, Greek and Roman influences.
May 14, 2015
Russia's 'Child Soldiers': Military Parade Features Kids In Uniform
About 500 Russian children, aged between 4 and 10 years, dressed in military uniforms for a parade to celebrate 70 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. The parade, in the city of Rostov-on-Don, took place under the auspices of the commander of Russia's Southern Military District on May 14 -- a few days after an enormous show of military hardware by the Kremlin in Moscow on May 9, when Russia traditionally marks the victory.
May 11, 2015
Macedonia Mourns Eight Police Killed In Gunbattle
Macedonia is observing a second day of national mourning on May 11 for eight police officers killed during a weekend battle against gunmen in the northern town of Kumanovo. Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov said 14 suspected gunmen also were killed in the battle, which began early on May 9 in the town near the borders with Kosovo and Serbia.