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 2020-08-03 10:50 

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Battle Rages At Afghan Jail Holding IS Prisoners...

A prison holding Islamic State militants was in flames amid a deadly attack by gunmen. Some prisoners escaped, although a number were recaptured amid fighting that resulted in dozens of casualties....

 2020-08-03 09:37 

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Belarus's Rubber-Stamp Parliament Opens Session Called By President Ahead Of Election...

An extraordinary parliamentary session called by authoritarian Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has started in Minsk, just days ahead of an August 9 presidential poll....

 2020-08-03 08:24 

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One Dead In Fire At Power Station In Russian Arctic...

A fire at a thermal power station in the Russian Arctic city of Norilsk has killed one person, local emergency officials said....

 2020-08-03 07:25 

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'We Love, We Can, We'll Win': Belarusian Opposition Candidate Tsikhanouskaya Rallies Thousands Ahead Of Presidential Vote...

An estimated 20,000 people attended a sprawling rally for Belrusian opposition candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya one week ahead of the country's presidential vote....

 2020-08-03 07:21 

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To Weep Or Not To Weep: Iran Debates Holding Muharram During Pandemic...

Amid a surge in the number of coronavirus infections, Iranian President Hassan Rohani says the mourning ceremonies of the Shi'ite month of Muharram will be held. The decision was met with criticism from health experts who worry the gatherings could ex...

 2020-08-02 19:32 

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Belarusian Presidential Candidate Tsikhanouskaya Says She Is Against Integration With Russia...

Belarusian presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said she is against forming a union state with Russia but called for maintaining good relations with Moscow....

 2020-08-02 18:05 

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Afghan Prison Attack Leaves Several Dead, Dozens Injured...

An attack on a prison in Afghanistan has left several people dead and dozens wounded as violence continues unabated in the war-torn nation....

 2020-08-02 18:01 

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Pompeo Says U.S. Firms 'Becoming Aware' Of Abuses In Xinjiang, Warns China On Iran Deal...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said American companies are "becoming aware" of human rights abuses in the Chinese province of Xinjiang as he reiterated his call for them to reconsider doing business there....

 2020-08-02 16:57 

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Russian Protesters Continue Marching To Support Sacked Governor...

It was Day 23 on August 2 of ongoing demonstrations in support of dismissed Khabarovsk regional Governor Sergei Furgal. The protesters gathered outside the regional administration building in the Russian Far East city, chanting Furgal's surname and th...

 2020-08-02 15:22 

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Belarusian President Lukashenka To Address Nation Days Before Toughest Reelection Bid...

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will deliver his state of the union address on August 4, just days before his toughest reelection bid since coming to power more than a quarter century ago....

 2020-08-02 13:58 

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COVID-19: Iran Sees Most New Infections In Nearly A Month...

Iranian officials said on August 2 that the latest one-day rise in confirmed coronavirus infections there was the highest in nearly a month....

 2020-08-02 13:48 

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Exiled Lukashenka Challenger Said To Leave Moscow For Kyiv...

A critic of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka who last month fled the country along with his children after his and others' candidacies were rejected for next week's presidential election has reportedly left Russia for neighboring Ukraine...

 2020-08-02 10:52 

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Russian Vaccine Developer Further Tempers Official's Claim Of October Rollout...

Researchers behind one of two Russian candidate vaccines against the coronavirus undergoing the approval process in that country say they plan to launch production in November....

 2020-08-02 09:03 

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Letters From Labor Camp: Dying Messages From A 'Traitorous' Mother In Soviet Exile...

A mother, a daughter, a mystic -- letters of desperation span the globe and echo across three generations...

 2020-08-02 08:08 

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Afghan Intelligence Says High-Ranking Islamic State Leader Killed...

Afghanistan's intelligence service announced late on August 1 that Afghan special forces had killed a senior intelligence leader for the militant group Islamic State (IS)....

 2020-08-02 07:52 

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Podcast: The Death Of Azimjan Askarov And The Fates Of Other Political Prisoners In Central Asia...

On this week's Majlis, a discussion not only about rights defender Azimjan Askarov, who died in a prison in Kyrgyzstan on July 25, but the fate of other political prisoners across Central Asia who have been wrongly imprisoned....

 2020-08-01 18:40 

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Belarusian Opposition Candidate Draws Thousands To Her Campaign Rallies...

Thousands of people attended three rallies held by presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya on August 1, including some 15,000 at an event in Hrodno. Her husband, vlogger and activist Syarhey Tsikhanouski, has been jailed and banned from running fo...

 2020-08-01 16:15 

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Russian Diplomats Meet Detained Vagner Contractors In Minsk Jail...

Russian diplomats have met in a Minsk jail with a group of contractors from the Russian private military firm Vagner who've been detained on suspicion of trying to destabilize Belarus ahead of its August 9 presidential election....

 2020-08-01 13:01 

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Protesters Brave Drenching Rain To Demonstrate In Khabarovsk For 22nd Day...

Thousands of people marched in Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk on August 1 and then gathered for a rally in front of the headquarters of the regional administration. The protesters chanted such slogans such as, "We need the entire country&...

 2020-08-01 11:50 

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Iran Says It Has Detained A Leader Of U.S.-Based Opposition Group...

Authorities in Iran say they have arrested a leader of a U.S.-based opposition group for alleged involvement in a 2008 mosque attack in Shiraz that killed 14 people and injured more than 200....

 2020-08-01 10:22 

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'They're Steamrolling Us': Russia's Small Businesses Are Struggling To Survive And Many Blame The Government...

Since lockdown measures were imposed in March, many small-business owners across Russia have struggled to stay afloat. In St. Petersburg, the hometown of President Vladimir Putin, one restaurant owner estimates his losses at $68,000, and puts the blame sq...

 2020-08-01 10:18 

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Several Thousand Demonstrators Continue Protests In Russia's Khabarovsk...

Several thousand people braved rainy weather to protest in the Russian Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk on August 1 to show their support for the region's jailed former governor, Sergei Furgal....

 2020-08-01 06:31 

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Serbian President Urged To Share Data On COVID-19 Deaths Among Disabled People...

Serbia's government has been urged to collect and share data on COVID-19 infections and deaths inside institutions for people with disabilities....

 2020-08-01 05:07 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Belarus Presidential Candidate Plans Three Rallies Amid Growing Security Concerns...

Belarus presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, whose recent campaign events have drawn large crowds, is scheduled to hold three rallies on August 1....

 2020-08-01 02:03 

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Moldovan Man Tied To Internet Theft Of More Than $500 Million Pleads Guilty In U.S....

A Moldovan man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges in connection with a cybercrime organization that the U.S. Justice Department said was responsible for the theft of $568 million dollars worldwide....

 2020-07-31 19:56 

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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Boston Marathon Bomber's Death Sentence...

A U.S. federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen and naturalized U.S. citizen convicted in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing....

 2020-07-31 19:10 

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Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Opposition Politician Over Anti-Kremlin Rallies...

Russian authorities have opened a criminal case against Yulia Galymina, an opposition Moscow city councillor, over her involvement in anti-Kremlin rallies....

 2020-07-31 17:48 

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The Week In Russia: The Death Of An Anti-Perestroika Icon And A Wagnerian Riddle In Belarus...

The fears of a perestroika foe who has died at age 81 have echoes in President Vladimir Putin's political planning, and Russia's intentions in Belarus face new scrutiny after Kremlin-linked mercenaries are arrested and the embattled authoritarian ...

 2020-07-31 16:49 

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Russia Jails Popular Blogger Who Covered Khabarovsk Protests...

A Russian court sentenced a well-known blogger who has covered ongoing daily protests in the Far Eastern city to seven days in jail after finding him guilty of violating the law on public gatherings....

 2020-07-31 16:31 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

U.S. Slaps Sanctions On Chinese Entity, Individuals Over Rights Abuses In Xinjiang...

The United States says it has imposed sanctions on a Chinese government entity and two current or former officials for their alleged involvement in "serious rights abuses" against Uyghurs and other mainly Muslim ethnic groups in the northwestern r...

 2020-07-31 15:53 

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Moscow Court To Decide Next Week On Trial Of Sisters Charged With Killing Their Father...

A Moscow court says it will make public next week its decision regarding how to proceed with the trial of two sisters accused of killing their father....

 2020-07-31 15:14 

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Putin Signs Into Law Bill On Multiday Voting In Elections...

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a controversial bill that allows voting over as many as three days during elections....

 2020-07-31 15:07 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

'Tired Of Being Afraid': Tens Of Thousands Rally For Opposition In Belarus...

Some 60,000 people joined an opposition rally in Belarus, where presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said she was "tired of being afraid" and wanted to bring about peaceful change in the country. Tsikhanouskaya also dismissed the sugges...

 2020-07-31 14:59 

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Interview: Senior U.S. Diplomat George Kent On Relations With Belarus Ahead Of The Country's Presidential Election...

George Kent, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, spoke on July 30 with RFE/RL Belarus Service Director Alexander Lukashuk about the situation in Belarus ahead of the August 9 presidential election in the country...

 2020-07-31 14:07 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

The Soviet Mars Shot That Almost Everyone Forgot...

After a decade of misfires and failed flybys, Soviet scientists made 14 seconds of history on the surface of Mars at the height of the Space Race in 1971. Then, almost without a trace, humankind's first controlled landing on the "red planet" a...

 2020-07-31 13:01 

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Ukraine To Seek Extradition Of Alleged Russian Mercenaries Detained In Belarus...

Kyiv says it will seek the extradition of 33 alleged contractors from the Russian private military company Vagner being held in Belarus for their alleged participation in a conflict with Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine's eastern regions of Donets...

 2020-07-31 12:12 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Dying Doctors Leave A Void As Kyrgyzstan's COVID-19 Crisis Grows...

Medical staff in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan say they are continuing to struggle to treat COVID-19 patients and lack critical medicine, equipment, and staff. In a local hospital, most staff have been infected and several have died....

 2020-07-31 11:19 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Ukraine Reiterates Determination For Justice In Talks With Iran Over Downed Passenger Jet...

Ukraine has reiterated its determination to bring Iran to justice for the downing of a Ukrainian airliner shortly after takeoff in Tehran during talks on compensation over the January air disaster that killed 176 people....

 2020-07-31 10:24 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Iran's Khamenei Rejects Talks With U.S. Over Missile, Nuclear Programs...

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ruled out negotiations with Washington over Tehran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, calling the United States "Iran's main enemy."...

 2020-07-31 09:57 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Amnesty Says Iran Has Ignored Pleas By Prison Officials For Essential Virus Resources...

Amnesty International says it has obtained several leaked documents signed by officials at Iran's Prisons Organization that reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior prison officials for additional resources to control th...

 2020-07-31 08:42 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

The Week's Best: Stories You May Have Missed...

We know that rferl.org isn't the only website you read, and it's possible that you may have missed some of our most interesting journalism from the past week....

 2020-07-31 06:57 

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Afghanistan Facing Humanitarian Disaster Amid Pandemic, Continued Violence, U.S. Watchdog Finds...

Millions more Afghans are being pushed into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic, which has overwhelmed the war-wracked country's basic health-care system and exacerbated food insecurity, a U.S. watchdog said on July 30....

 2020-07-31 05:57 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Reporters Without Borders Calls For Investigation Into Killing Of Pakistani Journalist...

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for an independent investigation into the death of a newspaper reporter who covered local corruption in Balochistan province in southwestern Pakistan....

 2020-07-31 05:54 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

U.S. Adds Materials To Metals Sanctions Against Iran...

The United States has expanded sanctions against Iran's metals industry, adding 22 materials to the U.S. sanctions regime, a move that allows Washington to blacklist any company or entity that transfers the materials to Iran....

 2020-07-31 05:41 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Shooting At Pakistan-Afghanistan Border Kills Three, Injures 17...

Three people were killed and 17 others injured in a shooting at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Chaman in Balochistan Province on July 30....

 2020-07-31 05:32 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

New Bill Backing Reform In Ukraine Seeks To Show U.S. 'Will Stand By' Its Friend...

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to provide military assistance and reform support to Ukraine over the next five years, underscoring the widespread congressional backing for the nation despite repeated disappointments as it b...

 2020-07-31 02:50 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Three-Day Cease-Fire Starts In Afghanistan Hours After Deadly Bombing...

A three-day cease-fire proposed by the Taliban and agreed by the Afghan government has gone into effect in Afghanistan just hours after a suspected car bomb killed numerous people preparing for the Eid al-Adha holiday....

 2020-07-31 02:44 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

U.S. Calls On Belarus To Hold Free Elections, Expresses Regret Over Lack Of OSCE Observers...

The United States called on Belarus on July 30 to conduct its upcoming presidential election in a free and fair manner as it expressed disappointment over the lack of western observers to monitor the vote....

 2020-07-31 00:19 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

U.S. Says Man Killed In Pakistan After Blasphemy Charge Was U.S. Citizen, Demands Action...

The United States has demanded action over the killing of a U.S. citizen in a Pakistani court this week as he faced blasphemy charges....

 2020-07-30 21:01 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Senior U.S. Diplomat Criticizes The Lack Of OSCE Observers For Belarusian Election...

George Kent, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, said that the United States deeply regrets that monitors from the Organization for the Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) will not be allowed to observe th...

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