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Waste Not, Want Not: Sanctions Inspire Russian Activists

After seeing news of Western food imports being crushed by bulldozers, a group of young St. Petersburg residents wanted to help stop edible food from being wasted. Now more than 2,000 volunteers are working to share leftovers from restaurants with the people who need them.


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Power Vertical Blog: The Ministry Of Putin Preservation

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In Kabul, hundreds of people protested against a peace deal reached between the Afghan government and notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Peace Deal With 'Butcher Of Kabul' Sparks Protests In Afghan Capital

In Kabul, hundreds of people protested against a peace deal reached between the Afghan government and notorious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Armenia Marks 25 Years Of Post-Soviet Independence With Parade

Armenia celebrated the 25th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union with a military parade in Yerevan.
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Video American Arrested Near Kremlin For Solo Protest

Moscow police detained an American protester near the Kremlin for her one-woman demonstration in support of jailed Russian activist Ildar Dadin.
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Video Kosovo Students Stage Sit-In Around Serbian Orthodox Church

Kosovar-Albanian students at the University of Pristina have protested against plans to restore and use a Serbian-built Orthodox church on the campus. They staged a sit-in outside of a unfinished church in the capital of Kosovo, a country where Islam is the dominant religion.
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Video Ukraine Swaps Prisoners With Pro-Russian Separatists

Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists have swapped prisoners who were captured during their ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. On September 17, two pro-Ukraine detainees were swapped at a checkpoint in the city of Shchastya for four pro-Russia separatists held by Ukrainian government forces.
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Video Denmark Questions Legitimacy Of Russian Vote In Crimea

Officials met on September 16 at the Yalta European Strategy (YES) forum in Kyiv to discuss Ukrainian and regional security. At the forum, Danish Foreign Minister Kristian Jensen said his country does not recognize the Crimean results of the upcoming Russian elections.
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Video Kyrgyzstan Hosts Military Drills With Russia, China

Soldiers from China, Russia, and Central Asian nations began a week of military exercises in Kyrgyzstan. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Protests At German, French Embassies In Kyiv

Protesters picketed the German and French embassies in Kyiv, as the two countries' foreign ministers arrived in Ukraine to try to revive peace talks with Russia-backed separatists. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Belarus Activists Demand Fair Elections, Lukashenka's Resignation

Protesters formed a ring around opposition politicians to stop police from intervening at a demonstration in central Minsk where they demanded free and fair elections for Belarus. (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)
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Video Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Adha, The Festival Of Sacrifice

Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha, the festival of sacrifice in which sheep and other animals are slaughtered as a symbolic supplication to God.
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Video Activists Stage Rare Mass Protest In Baku

Azerbaijani opposition activists held a rare mass protest in Baku, one of the largest ever seen in the country. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
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Video 100 Kids To A Classroom: Pakistan's Packed Public School

Outside the city of Mingora, in Pakistan's Swat region, one elementary school has just two classrooms for its 300 students. Local leaders have pledged to help improve conditions there, but change is slow to come. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Ukrainian Activists Call For Removal Of Yanukovych-Appointed Judges

Activists in Kyiv called on parliament to dismiss some 700 judges appointed by the ousted pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.
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Video More Protests In Kyiv Over Alleged Illegal Construction

Angry residents broke into a construction site in the Ukrainian capital on September 8. They said a Kyiv apartment complex is being built on land illegally taken by the developer. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Uzbekistan Releases Kyrgyz Captives Following Border Dispute

Four Kyrgyz men were released by Uzbek authorities on September 8 after being held captive for more than two weeks. The men had been snatched by Uzbek border guards from a disputed mountain top where the Kyrgyz government operates a radio transmitter. (RFE/RL’s Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Afghans Honor Commander Who Fought Taliban And Soviets

Afghanistan honored anti-Taliban hero Ahmad Shah Masud on September 8 as the country marked the start of Martyrs Week. Masud was also regarded as the most successful commander to resist the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Pakistan's Drive To Bring Health Care To Remote Region

Pakistan's Red Crescent Society launched a campaign to bring health care to the country's remote northwestern Mohmand district. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Clashes In Kyiv Over Alleged Illegal Construction

Tear gas, stun grenades, and flares filled the air of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, after residents accused a developer of illegally taking land to build an apartment complex. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Afghan Troops End Siege Following Kabul Assault

Afghan security forces killed the last gunman involved in an attack on a Kabul neighborhood that is home to many government agencies and foreign organizations. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Kosovo Makes Historic Debut In World Cup Qualifying Match

Soccer fans in Kosovo celebrated their nation's first appearance in a World Cup qualifying game. Eight years after declaring independence, Kosovo earned its first point in international soccer on September 5 after playing to a draw against Finland. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Kyrgyzstan Opens World Nomad Games With Colorful Ceremony

Competitors from 62 countries have gathered near Lake Issyk Kul in Kyrgyzstan for the second World Nomad Games. A spectacular opening ceremony began six days of events with 23 ancient sports and cultural presentations celebrating nomadic life in Central Asia. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Ukraine’s Inter TV Set Ablaze In Kyiv

The studios of Ukrainian broadcaster Inter TV were gutted by fire after protesters rallied against the channel's allegedly pro-Russian coverage. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Kyrgyz President Honors Thousands Killed In 1916 Anti-Russian Uprising

Kyrgyzstan's President Almazbek Atambaev laid flowers at a ceremony to honor the tens of thousands who died in an anti-Tsarist uprising in 1916. He joined other dignitaries on September 2 at the Great Urkun memorial, just outside the capital, Bishkek. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video More Than A Dozen Killed In Two Attacks In Northwest Pakistan

At least 12 people were killed and more than 50 were wounded in a bomb attack on a district court in northwestern Pakistan. It was one of two militant attacks in the area on September 2.
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Video Uzbeks Celebrate Independence Day As They Await News On Karimov

Uzebekistan celebrated 25 years of independence, but festivities were subdued as Uzbeks awaited news about their ailing leader. President Islam Karimov was reportedly hospitalized on August 28.
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Video Chechens Camp In Belarus After Being Denied Asylum In Poland

About 200 Chechens who were denied asylum in Poland set up a makeshift camp near the Polish border in Belarus. The group of Russian citizens from the North Caucasus region reached the border checkpoint near the city of Brest on August 29.
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Video Kyrgyzstan Marks Independence Day With Parade In Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan celebrated 25 years as an independent country with a parade in Bishkek. President Almazbek Atambaev opened festivities including a large-scale military display, amid border tensions with neighboring Uzbekistan. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Pakistan and Afghanistan To Reopen Border Crossing After Flag-Burning Dispute

Officials from Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to reopen a major border crossing after a flag-burning dispute closed it. The Chamman crossing was closed after a group of Afghan youth celebrating the country's independence day on August 19 ransacked a border gate and burned a Pakistani flag.
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Video Pakistan's Largest City Swears In Jailed Politician As Mayor

A jailed politician has been sworn in as the mayor of Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. Waseem Akhtar, who was arrested in July on sedition and terrorism charges, was released temporarily to attend his inauguration ceremony on August 30. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Suicide Bomber Attacks Chinese Embassy In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz authorities say a suicide car bomber attacked China's embassy in the capital, Bishkek, killing himself and wounding three embassy employees. Officials said a car laden with explosives rammed through the embassy's gate and detonated inside the compound on August 30.
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Video Kazakhs Sign Letter To President Nazarbaev In Blood

About a dozen Kazakh pensioners have signed an appeal to President Nursultan Nazarbaev in blood, calling for him to "ensure the rule of law." They gathered on August 29 at offices of the ruling party in the city of Almaty.
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Video Ukrainians Remember Troops Killed In 2014 Ilovaisk Battle

In Kyiv, Ukrainians honored soldiers and security forces killed while fighting Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in 2014. They gathered at Saint Michael's Square to recall those who died two years ago in and around the city of Ilovaisk. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Protesters Block Planned Eviction Amid Dispute Over Belgrade Redevelopment

Activists gathered outside a house in Belgrade to stop authorities from evicting a family and seizing the property. The neighborhood is the site of a massive redevelopment project that has provoked vocal protests from residents. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)
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Video Police Collect Evidence Following Attack On American University In Kabul

Afghan police hunted for evidence a day after an attack on American University of Afghanistan in Kabul left at least 13 people dead. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)
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Video Kyrgyz Coal Miners Demand Back Pay

Miners from a coal mine in Kyrgyzstan said they haven't been paid for five months. They staged a protest on August 25 to demand the mining company pay them the salary they are owed. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)
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Video Ukraine Makes Show Of Force To Mark 25 Years Of Independence

Amid rising tensions with Russia, Ukraine marked 25 years of independence with a massive military parade in Kyiv. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Serbian Olympians Return Home To Hero's Welcome

Thousands of cheering people jammed into the center of the Serbian capital, Belgrade, to welcome home the country's Olympians from the Rio Summer Games. (RFE/RL Balkan Service)
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Video Pakistani Opposition Supporters Storm TV Station; Police Raid Party's Office

Supporters of Pakistan's opposition Muttahida Qaumi Movement, or MQM, stormed a TV station in Karachi on August 22, leading to clashes with police that left one person dead. Authorities then raided the party's headquarters and arrested several of its top leaders. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Russian Soldier Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Armenian Family

A court in Gyumri, Armenia, sentenced Russian Army Private Valery Permyakov to life in prison for murdering seven members of an Armenian family. The massacre last year led to widespread protests against Russia's military presence in Armenia. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)
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Video Ukrainian Soldiers Fight Separatists In Shyrokyne

Clashes between Ukrainian soldiers and Russia-backed separatists continued for another night in Shyrokyne, near the port city of Mariupol. The nighttime fighting has been nearly constant in the town for several weeks. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
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Video Ukrainian Right-Wing Groups March In Support Of Jailed Suspects

Activists held a torchlight procession in the city of Sumy on August 21 in defense of 15 suspects indicted for the deadly violence in front of the Ukrainian parliament one year ago. Members of the Right Sector and other factions called for the release of what they called "political prisoners."
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Video Pakistani Lawyers Condemn Suicide Attack

Lawyers demonstrated in Islamabad on August 22 to demand stronger government action against terrorism in the wake of an attack that killed 73 people, mainly lawyers, in Quetta two weeks earlier. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
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Video Fresh Fighting Rocks Ukraine's Shyrokyne

Ukraine's village of Shyrokyne has been the scene of fresh clashes between Ukrainian government forces and Russia-backed separatists.
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Video Huge Mafia Funeral In Azerbaijan

Large crowds turned out in the Caspian Sea city of Lankaran to bid farewell to a man allegedly involved in racketeering, drugs, bribery, and lots more. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)
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Video Modest Opposition Ceremony Marks '91 Moscow Putsch

Leaders of a Russian opposition party laid wreaths at the monument to three people killed in the 1991 Moscow putsch, amid official efforts to play down the anniversary. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

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Photogallery Spiritual Mediators: The Shamans Of Siberia

The shaman has served as healer and diviner in Siberia for centuries. During the Soviet age of "science and reason" the mystical figures were harshly repressed, but today in isolated regions of Siberia the shaman is once more regaining importance as the mediator between the spirit worlds above, the underworld below, and this world of ours.

Video A Pakistani Woman's Pioneering Glacier Bike Trek

Samar Khan, a recent university graduate from Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, completed a grueling bike journey from Islamabad to the Karakoram mountains. She's the first Pakistani woman to cycle across glaciers -- and she encourages other young people to take on their own epic challenges.

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September 22, 2016

Uzbekistan Targets RFE/RL Family Members

A court in Uzbekistan upheld an eight-year sentence against the brother of an RFE/RL journalist, the latest in a series of cases that appear to target family members in retaliation for their relatives’ reporting.
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September 16, 2016

Repression, Russian Media Influence Discussed At Capitol Hill Azerbaijan Hearing

Witnesses testifying at a U.S. congressional hearing, including RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova, voiced concern about Russian influence and instability in Azerbaijan, as well as the closure of RFE/RL’s Baku bureau.
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September 14, 2016

Innovation Is Game Changer For RFE/RL's Uzbek Service

RFE/RL's Uzbek Service exploited the power of new media to reach audiences and break records in the days surrounding President Islam Karimov's death.
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September 06, 2016

Protests Grow Against Media Crackdown in Crimea

International media groups have intensified efforts to support Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist and RFE/RL contributor, calling on Russian authorities to allow him to leave the peninsula to receive medical care.
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