Monday, March 14, 2016

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Abandoned Mining Towns In Russia's Arctic

The coal mines of Vorkuta, just north of the Arctic Circle, were once vital to Soviet industry. Today, the city is surrounded by ex-mining centers that have few people or are ghost towns.

Author and journalist Robert Kaplan says Moldova is currently fighting for its survival as a state.

Video Kaplan: Moldova Must Tidy Up At Home Before Looking West

Robert Kaplan, a best-selling author and journalist who first traveled in communist Romania in the 1970s, revisits the region in his new book, In Europe's Shadow. RFE/RL spoke to him about his latest work. More

Przewalski's horses on the steppe in Russia's Orenburg reserves.

Endangered Przewalski's Horses Back On Russian Steppe

Conservationists in Russia say a small herd of endangered Przewalski's horses recently reintroduced in the Urals are enduring well their first winter in their new habitat despite exceptionally harsh conditions. More

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Hundreds Stranded In Macedonian Mudi
March 11, 2016
The decision to close borders to migrants across the Balkans has not only stranded tens of thousands in Greece -- in northern Macedonia, hundreds of Afghans are unable to cross the border into Serbia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Hundreds Stranded In Macedonian Mud

The decision to close borders to migrants across the Balkans has not only stranded tens of thousands in Greece -- in northern Macedonia, hundreds of Afghans are unable to cross the border into Serbia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Georgian Student Protest Faces Off With Police

The campus of Tbilisi University was in turmoil, as protesting students prevented the election of a new senate chancellor. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Serb War-Crimes Suspect Burns EU, NATO Flags In Belgrade

Hard-line Serbian nationalist leader and war-crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj defied the Hague tribunal with a public appearance in Belgrade. Surrounded by supporters, he held up burning EU and NATO flags on the steps of a courthouse in the Serbian capital. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Migrants Stuck On Border Head To Athens For Way Out

Some migrants and refugees who have been stranded for more than a week on Greece's border with Macedonia, have decided to go to Athens instead. Buses arrived to take the migrants to the Greek capital for 25 euros each, getting them away from the dire conditions in the makeshift border camps.

Video Anti-Russian Protesters Mark Savchenko Trial With Eggs, Flag Burning

Protests were staged in Ukrainian cities to show support for pilot Nadia Savchenko, whose trial on murder charges was concluding in Russia. A Russian flag taken from the consulate in Lviv was set alight, while protesters pelted the Russian embassy in Kyiv with eggs. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Macedonia Shuts Door Completely To Migrants And Refugees

The Macedonian side of the border zone with Greece remained empty on March 9, after the government in Skopje closed entry to any refugees and migrants. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Protesters Demand Savchenko Release

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kyiv to demand that Russia release detained Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko.

Video First McDonald's Opens In Kazakhstan

Twenty-six years after opening its first branch in Moscow, the U.S. fast-food chain has flipped its first burgers in Central Asia. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Pakistan Mothers Demand Judicial Inquiry Of School Massacre

The mothers of schoolchildren killed in a 2014 Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar are petitioning for a full judicial inquiry -- citing dissatisfaction with the government-run investigation. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Floods Destroy Bridges, Houses In Serbia

The big cleanup was under way after floods in Novi Pazar, in southwest Serbia. As the water receded, it left a trail of mud and destruction. Two bridges were swept away and 100 houses inundated. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Suicide Bomber Strikes In Northwestern Pakistan

At least 12 people were killed, and more than 20 were injured, in a suicide attack outside a court building in northwestern Pakistan. There was heavy damage at the scene in the town of Shabqadar, including the charred remains of at least two vehicles. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kyrgyz Activists Demand Justice For Victims Of Violence

Kyrgyz activists protested in Bishkek on March 4 to demand that authorities take action in several high-profile cases of alleged sexual abuse. Members of a human rights group said that crimes against women in the country are often ignored by police. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

Video Protesting Refugees Block Train At Greece-Macedonia Border

More than 10,000 refugees and migrants remained stuck on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia, in increasingly dire conditions. Hundreds took part in a demonstration in the town of Idomeni, at one point blocking a freight train from traveling into Greece. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Civilians, Militants Killed In Attack On Indian Consulate In Afghanistan

A deadly suicide attack targeted the diplomatic district in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. An explosives-filled vehicle was detonated outside the entrance to the Indian consulate compound at midday on March 2. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video U.S. General Nicholson Takes Command Of Forces In Afghanistan

U.S. Army General John W. "Mick" Nicholson took over command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Nicholson succeeds General John F. Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and an escalation in the insurgency by Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

Video Macedonia Minister Tours Migrant Site With Slovak PM

Macedonia's interior minister received a first-hand view of the migrant crisis in his country, which has started to strictly limit the number of people passing through. Oliver Spasovski joined visiting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his interior minister, Robert Kalinak, to have a look.

Video Thousands Of Pakistanis Gather For Funeral Of Executed Assassin

Crowds filled the streets of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on March 1 during the funeral of former police officer Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed for assassinating a governor in 2011. Qadri was considered a hero by some Islamists. (RFE/RL)

Video Protests Spread In Pakistan After Qadri Execution

Protests erupted in Pakistan after the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, a police officer who gunned down the liberal governor of Punjab Province in 2011. In Islamabad, dozens of protesters blocked the main road leading to Rawalpindi. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Young Afghan Messi Fan Gets Real Jerseys From Soccer Star

A five-year-old Afghan boy has received two signed jerseys from Lionel Messi after his homemade tribute made the young fan a darling of the Internet. Murtaza Akhmadi sparked an international media hunt after a photo of him wearing a Messi jersey made out of a plastic bag.

Video Russian Activist Ties The Knot In Jailhouse Ceremony

Russian activist Ildar Dadin has married his fiancee in the Moscow prison where he has been serving a three-year sentence for protest activities. Journalist Anastasia Zotova was allowed to marry Dadin in a jailhouse wedding, due to a ruling by a Moscow court earlier this month.

Video Miners Strike In Georgia Turns Violent

A protest by about 1,000 Georgian miners grew violent as the workers demanded better pay and improved working conditions. Some broke into the grounds of the GIG Group mining company in the city of Tkibuli on the 11th day of their strike.

Video Kyrgyz Islamic School Leaders Face Certification Process

The commission that oversees Islamic schools in Kyrgyzstan has begun a process that is expected to force most of the headmasters out of their jobs. The Religious Certification Commission has required that teachers and headmasters at the country's madrasahs appear before an formal assessment panel.

Video Bodies Of Serbs Killed In Libya Returned To Belgrade

The bodies of two kidnapped Serbian Embassy staff members have been repatriated from Libya. The two were reported killed along with dozens of others on February 19 by U.S. air strikes on a suspected Islamic State training camp where they were being held in Libya. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Protests As Russian Opposition Leader Presents Report On Kadyrov

Protesters repeatedly tried to disrupt a Moscow press conference by opposition politician Ilya Yashin, who presented a report harshly criticizing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Yashin's report accuses Kadyrov of ties to organized crime and building a "personal army." (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Snow Plows Disrupt Business Owners' Protest In Minsk

As owners of small businesses demonstrated against new government regulations in the Belarusian capital, a fleet of snow plows drove up close by, setting off scuffles with the protesters. (RFE/RL's Belarusian Service)

Video Pakistani Artists Demand More Government Support In Peshawar

Artists in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar gathered to demand more support from the provincial government. They said that authorities from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province had excluded "deserving artists" from their financial assistance program. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Tear Gas Again Disrupts Kosovo's Parliament

Opposition deputies used tear gas to drive their fellow lawmakers out of a session of parliament on February 19. The protest was one of many in recent months as the opposition demands the government's resignation. (RFE/RL's Kosovo Unit)

Video Afghan Athletes Return Home To Hero's Welcome

Afghan athletes were met by cheering crowds at Kabul's international airport after returning home with 35 medals from the South Asian Games in India. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Kosovo Celebrates Independence Day With Parade

The Republic of Kosovo marked the eighth anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17. Marching bands led a parade in the capital, Pristina. In 2008, Kosovo declared itself a sovereign country, nearly a decade after fighting a war with Belgrade in the late 1990s.

Video Discovered Mozart-Salieri Composition Performed In Prague

A 1785 collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his legendary rival composer Antonio Salieri has been performed in Prague. Long thought to have been lost, it was discovered last year in the archives of the Czech National Music Museum.


Video Can A Beard Get You In Trouble In Tajikistan?

In Tajikistan, some men say they've been detained for having long beards and forced to shave. Tajik police deny that they've targeted beard-wearers, but they are keeping close watch for what they believe to be potential signs of extremism -- even facial hair.

Video Upcycling, Refugee-Style

When 24-year-old Dutch textiles student Floor Nagler saw Greek beaches littered with rubber boats disused by migrants, she saw an opportunity to help. Floor and her designer-friend Didi now teach incoming migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos how to turn inflatable dinghies into useful bags.

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February 23, 2016

“We Are Europe,” New Georgian Prime Minister Tells RFE/RL

Georgia's Giorgi Kvirikashvili used a visit to RFE/RL’s Prague headquarters today to affirm his commitment to Europe, just days after giving his first interview while in office to RFE/RL’s Georgian Service in Tbilisi.
February 05, 2016

RFE/RL Journalists Remain Behind Bars

On February 5, RFE/RL journalists Khadija Ismayilova and Saparmamed Nepeskuliev both mark milestones while detained by authorities in Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, respectively.
December 23, 2015

New RFE/RL Fellows Arrive In Prague

RFE/RL has welcomed its new Vaclav Havel and Jiri Dienstbier journalism fellows to its Prague offices.