Saturday 1 August 2015
July 29, 2015
Wildfires Sweep Through Russia's Baikal Region
Forest fires are raging in the Irkutsk region of Siberia, on the islands and shores of Lake Baikal. Volunteer firefighters are trying hard to stop the damage, but high winds are working against them. An area as large as 100,000 acres is thought to be affected. (Photos by Petr Shelomovskiy, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)
July 28, 2015
Afghanistan's Institute of Music
Music in Afghanistan is perhaps best known, particularly in the West, for falling silent under the Taliban. But since 2001, musicians within and outside the country have taken steps to revive Afghanistan's unique musical tradition. One of them is Ahmad Sarmast, who heads the National Institute of Music.
July 23, 2015
Scythe Matters: Depardieu Gets Mowing Tips From Belarus Strongman
French film star Gerard Depardieu is no stranger to unusual roles and controversy. But even hardened Depardieu-watchers may be taken aback by his latest visual foray -- scything a field with authoritarian Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka. Photos released by Belarus on July 23 showed a burly Lukashenka -- sporting track pants, a T-shirt, and a baseball cap in Belarusian national colors -- giving an even bulkier Depardieu a lesson in hand-scything at his estate outside Minsk. The Belarusian presidential office said the two sexagenarians used the encounter to discuss agriculture and the farming of organic food, among other topics. "You have beautiful women, good milk, and good meat. This is what a little bull like me needs," the 66-year-old French actor was quoted as saying by Belarusian media. "I see that people here are happy, calm, and that the country must be pleasant to live in," he said on a separate visit to a dairy farm. Depardieu traveled to Belarus with the producer of an upcoming film about the French Normandie-Niemen air regiment, which fought on the eastern front in World War II, local media reported. France, Belarus, and Russia are expected to work together on the project. (AFP)
July 16, 2015
Scenes Of Tragedy At The MH17 Crash Site
One year ago, on July 17, 2014, Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers and crew. Photographer Petr Shelomovskiy of RFE/RL's Current Time TV program documented the disaster in its immediate aftermath, and returned to the crash site near the village of Grabovo repeatedly in the months that followed.
July 15, 2015
Tehran Residents Celebrate Nuclear Deal
Residents of northern Tehran poured onto the streets after the daily Ramadan fast ended on July 14 to celebrate a long-awaited agreement on the country's nuclear program. Iran's nuclear negotiating team and representatives of world powers had announced the historic nuclear deal in Vienna earlier in the day. (AFP)
July 14, 2015
Spacious Homes Become Soldiers' Barracks In Pisky
The town of Pisky, near Donetsk, used to be home to some of the wealthier residents of eastern Ukraine. But as the Donbas region spiraled into conflict last year, rich and poor alike abandoned their homes. The larger houses, some worth millions of dollars, have now been appropriated by Ukrainian government forces. As they wait for the next clash with Russian-backed separatists, the troops sleep, train, and cook in the luxury mansions of the region's upper classes. (Photos by James Sprankle)
July 08, 2015
The Refugees Of Mazar-e Sharif
Thousands of Afghans have fled their homes amid a fierce Taliban offensive in the country's north. Many of those displaced have escaped to the northern province of Balkh, where they face a life of misery and squalor in makeshift refugee camps and shelters.