A Moldovan man has died in a hospital in Chisinau after being shot by a Russian soldier from the international peacekeeping force at a checkpoint in Moldova's breakaway Transdniester region.
The 10 most popular web stories on RFE/RL this year revealed a truly varied range of interests among our loyal readers, whose diverse tastes ran the gamut from groundbreaking subatomic physics to unusual marijuana cultivation and Photoshopped kisses.
As is now customary in the Internet age, there were plenty of videos that caught the public's imagination and spread like wildfire across social media in 2012.
Nigerian bombings, Turkish air strike, Russian protests, and a surfing Santa
Serbian President Boris Tadic has criticized plans by northern Kosovo Serbs to hold a referendum on whether to accept the institutions of the Republic of Kosovo.
The moves, which come as part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban's effort to exert greater influence over media and public institutions, include legislation affecting the central bank and curbing the number of recognized religions.
The coming year has the international community watching the Arab world closely, with analysts focused on Egypt, a historically a powerful force in the region, for signs of things to come.
On January 1, Denmark takes over the rotating EU presidency for a six-month stint likely to focus on the continuing economic crisis in the teetering eurozone.
A new video has emerged showing one young man apparently shot dead and another wounded during a clash with police in the western Kazakh city of Zhanaozen on December 16.
To cap off the year, we here at The Blender decided to have a little fun and organized the first Blender Mind Bender News Quiz.
Officials in Russia say a fire that raged from more than nine hours on a Russian nuclear submarine is now under control.
Matthew Bryza, the U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan who has faced stiff opposition, is heading back to Washington following the U.S. Senate's decision to go into recess without voting on his appointment.