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 2018-12-10 08:50 

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'Angarsk Maniac': Russia's Serial-Killer Cop Gets Second Life Sentence For 56 More Murders...

A former Russian police officer who was sentenced in 2015 to life in prison for the killings of 22 women has received a second life sentence for murdering 56 more women....

 2018-12-10 08:46 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Russian Director Serebrennikov's Trial Adjourned Again...

The embezzlement trial of Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov has been adjourned again due to the hospitalization of a co-defendant in the case....

 2018-12-10 08:39 

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Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Arrested On Corruption Charges...

Kyrgyz authorities have arrested a former deputy prime minister on corruption charges....

 2018-12-10 06:37 

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China Summons U.S. Ambassador As Huawei Defends Iran Operations...

China has summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing to protest the detention by Canada of a senior Chinese electronics executive at the request of the United States....

 2018-12-10 06:33 

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Regional Rivals Saudi Arabia, Iran Trade Accusations Amid Ongoing Tensions...

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has accused regional rival Iran of meddling in other countries' affairs, as he addressed a regional summit in Riyadh....

 2018-12-10 02:20 

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U.S. Remains No. 1 In Arms Sales, While Russia Rises To Second...

The United States remains the global leader in arms sales, while Russia has surpassed Britain to take the No. 2 spot as it attempts to modernize its military, a leading research group says.The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said ...

 2018-12-09 18:50 

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Hundreds Rally In Kazan Against Government's 'Lawlessness'...

Hundreds of people have held a demonstration in Kazan, the capital of Russia's Tatarstan region, to protest against what organizers described as the "lawlessness"; of the authorities....

 2018-12-09 16:14 

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Iran Holds Melbourne University Academic On 'Infiltration' Charge...

Iran has detained an Australian-based academic on charges of trying to "infiltrate" Iranian institutions, state media said....

 2018-12-09 14:50 

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At Least Eight Afghan Soldiers Killed, Nine Captured In Taliban Attack...

The Taliban has attacked an army post in Afghanistan's western province of Farah, killing at least eight Afghan soldiers, officials say....

 2018-12-09 14:06 

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Armenian Leaders Vote In Snap Elections...

Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and his political rival, Serzh Sarkisian, were among early voters in Armenia's capital, Yerevan, in snap parliamentary elections on December 9. The landmark vote comes after a peaceful change of government prompte...

 2018-12-09 12:59 

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Serbian Opposition Stages Antigovernment Rally...

Thousands joined an antigovernment march in Belgrade on the evening of December 8. The event was organized by the Alliance For Serbia opposition coalition in protest against a November 23 assault against Borko Stefanovic, the leader of the Serbian Left pa...

 2018-12-09 12:25 

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Iran Arrests 10 Suspects Over Deadly Suicide Attack...

Iranian security forces have detained 10 people suspected of links to a recent suicide attack in the country's southeast, police say....

 2018-12-09 12:05 

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Afghan Football Federation Members Suspended Amid Abuse Allegations...

Afghan authorities have suspended the head of the country's football federation and five other members of the organization over allegations of sexual abuse against the national women's team, officials say....

 2018-12-09 11:18 

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Majlis Podcast: The Repercussions Of Beijing's Policies In Xinjiang...

On this week's Majlis podcast: China's campaign against Uyghur nationalism, branded by Beijing as separatism, has abruptly spiked in the last two years and spread beyond just the Uyghurs....

 2018-12-09 10:37 

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Russia's Lyudmila Alekseyeva Remembered As A 'Force Of Nature' And 'Giant' Of Human Rights...

Human rights defenders and diplomats are praising Lyudmila Alekseyeva and her lifetime commitment to the struggle for justice in the Soviet Union and Russia as an inspirational example....

 2018-12-09 09:15 

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This Afghan Man Sold His 5-Month-Old Daughter To Survive: 'Did I Have A Choice? You Tell Me.' And He's Not Alone....

Some Afghans impoverished by a devastating drought face a life-or-death decision: either sell a child, or let the whole family starve....

 2018-12-09 04:15 

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Armenians Begin Voting In Landmark Parliament Elections...

Armenians have begun voting in a snap parliamentary election nine months after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in protests that led to a peaceful change of government and ignited new hopes of more-democratic rule....

 2018-12-08 17:53 

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Russian Rights Activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva Dies At 91...

Russian rights activist Lyudmila Alekseyeva has died at the age of 91, Interfax reports, quoting head of human rights commission....

 2018-12-08 16:52 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Trump Says Mueller Investigation Has Failed To Find Collusion Evidence...

U.S. President Donald Trump says Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has failed to find evidence that he colluded with Russia during his 2016 election campaign....

 2018-12-08 16:49 

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Trump Chooses Army Chief Milley To Be His Next Top Military Adviser...

U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen General Mark Milley to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff....

 2018-12-08 14:43 

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Like 'Lepers': Big Plans In Russia's Far East Leave Locals On Wrong Side Of The Tracks...

The Far Eastern city of Svobodny is at the heart of one of Russia's ambitious 10-year, economic-development projects. But many locals feel the effort is passing them by....

 2018-12-08 13:18 

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Three Civilians Killed In Afghan Roadside Bombing...

Three civilians have been killed after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's western Herat Province, officials said....

 2018-12-08 11:47 

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Family Of Afghan Boy Of 'Messi' Fame Live In Fear...

The family of a young Afghan boy photographed in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag of his Argentine soccer idol, Lionel Messi, has been forced to flee their home....

 2018-12-08 11:09 

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Armenia's Elections Test Its Democratic Credentials...

Weekend elections will test whether tens of thousands of Armenians' demands for a political reboot have been rewarded....

 2018-12-08 09:58 

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Iran's Rohani Slams U.S. Sanctions As 'Economic Terrorism'...

Iranian President Hassan Rohani has denounced U.S. sanctions as "economic terrorism," and predicted if they succeed and Iran is weakened, the West will be flooded by illegal drugs....

 2018-12-08 07:53 

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U.S. Seeks Extradition Of Chinese Executive In Iran Sanctions Case...

U.S. authorities are seeking the extradition of a top executive of China's Huawei Technologies over charges that she misled U.S. banks over the company's business dealings with Iran....

 2018-12-08 07:48 

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Trump Set To Name New Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff...

U.S. President Donald Trump is set to reveal his choice to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, most likely during the annual Army-Navy football game on December 8....

 2018-12-08 00:46 

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U.S. Prosecutors Alleged Former Top Trump Associates Lied Over Russia Contacts...

U.S. prosecutors have laid out in court details of what they say are lies by former top associates of President Donald Trump regarding their interactions with Russian contacts, charges that will likely lead to long prison terms for the two men....

 2018-12-07 22:38 

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U.S. Prosecutors Seek 'Substantial' Prison Term for Trump's Longtime Lawyer...

U.S. prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence President Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer to a "substantial"; prison term after he admitted to paying a porn film actress money to keep her from embarrassing Trump during the 2016 election...

 2018-12-07 21:12 

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Breaking Badski: Former Russian Science Teachers Caught Making, Selling Drugs...

Russian prosecutors in St. Petersburg have indicted two former high-school science teachers who are accused of making drugs in an example of life imitating art....

 2018-12-07 19:37 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Fake News, Soviet-Style: The Armenian Earthquake Rescue That Was Too Good To Be True...

The astonishing story of six people rescued from the rubble 35 days after a devastating 1988 earthquake grabbed headlines around the world -- before it was unmasked as "fake news."...

 2018-12-07 18:49 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Moscow Court Cuts Human Rights Lawyer Ponomaryov's Sentence To 16 Days...

A Russian court has reduced the sentence of Lev Ponomaryov, a prominent human rights defender and critic of President Vladimir Putin, from 25 days to 16 days in jail for organizing a protest against the arrests of activists -- drawing strong criticism fro...

 2018-12-07 17:42 

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Confession: Belarusian Played Angry Ukrainian In Russian TV Report Slamming Euromaidan...

After a Russian blogger exposed a young Belarusian for playing a disgruntled Ukrainian in a Russian state TV report criticizing Euromaidan, the man came forward and confessed to a "monstrous mistake."...

 2018-12-07 17:10 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Fugitive Nephew Of Former Armenian President Sarkisian Detained In Prague...

Armenian police say the fugitive nephew of former President Serzh Sarkisian has been detained in the Czech capital....

 2018-12-07 16:32 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Ice Harvest Still A Lifeline In Siberia...

In Siberia's northeastern region of Yakutia, villagers are harvesting ice. Water from the ice is their only source of drinking water through the long winter when the tap water freezes...

 2018-12-07 16:28 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Russian Opposition Activist Gets Three Years In Prison On Weapons-Smuggling Charge...

Aleksandr Averin, co-chairman of the unregistered opposition Other Russia coalition, has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of attempted weapons smuggling....

 2018-12-07 15:38 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Confidence In Putin: What Does Europe Say?...

Twenty-one percent of Americans tend to trust Russian President Vladimir Putin. Here's how it compares to his trust rates in Europe....

 2018-12-07 15:09 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Prominent Crimean Lawyer Jailed For Five Days Over 2013 Social-Media Post...

A Russia-controlled court in Crimea has sentenced prominent lawyer Emil Kurbedinov to five days in jail for a 2013 Facebook post made before Russian forces seized and subsequently annexed the peninsula from Ukraine....

 2018-12-07 14:32 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Czech Intelligence Rejects President's Criticism On Reports Of Russian, Chinese Spies...

The Czech Security Intelligence Service (BIS) has rejected President Milos Zeman's accusations that it is giving him "wrong" data about intensification of spying activities in the country by Russia and China....

 2018-12-07 14:17 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Kyiv Says Russia Blocking Kerch Strait, Plans To Send Ukrainian Navy Ships...

Ukraine is accusing Russia of keeping up its blockade of the Kerch Strait that links the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov, warning that it will soon send more navy ships through the strait....

 2018-12-07 13:55 

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Court Reinstates Former Armenian President's Pretrial Detention...

An appeals court in Armenia has reinstated the pretrial detention of former President Robert Kocharian, who is accused of overthrowing the country's constitutional system....

 2018-12-07 13:34 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

The Week In Russia: The Blame Game, Population Problems, And 'Putin's Justice'...

Moscow played the blame game as a new confrontation with Ukraine and a dispute with the West over missiles that could reach deep into Europe ratcheted up tensions. At home, Russia saw its population decline and faced flak over the jailing of a 77-year-old...

 2018-12-07 12:40 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Taliban Reportedly Kill 14 Afghan Troops, Capture 21 In Herat Province...

Provincial officials in Afghanistan's western province of Herat say Taliban fighters staged a coordinated attack overnight on two Afghan army outposts, killing 14 Afghan soldiers and capturing another 21....

 2018-12-07 12:27 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

With The 'Fairy People' Of Pakistan...

High in Pakistan's Hindu Kush mountains, scattered villages hold one of the world's most imperiled religious minorities, the Kalash. Daud Khattak, a correspondent with RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal, visited one Kalash village to witness some of their...

 2018-12-07 11:48 

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. Here are some of the highlights produced by RFE/RL over the past seven days....

 2018-12-07 11:17 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Buses Shelter Homeless Ahead Of Russian Winter...

Ivan Mankovsky runs a homeless charity in the southeastern Russian town of Khabarovsk. He's converted old buses into shelters to help people get through the winter after their old shelter burned down....

 2018-12-07 11:01 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Russia's VTB Bank Starts Allowing Use Of MIR Payment Cards In Kazakhstan...

One of Russia's leading banks, VTB, says it has started to allow its automated teller machines (ATMs) in Kazakhstan to accept Russia's MIR payment cards....

 2018-12-07 10:55 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

Inmates In Russia's Far East Launch Hunger Strike To Protest Prison Conditions...

Eight inmates in Russia's Far Eastern Sakha-Yakutia region have launched a hunger strike to protest conditions at the prison where they are being held, the head of a regional human monitoring group says....

 2018-12-07 10:19 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

HRW Urges EU To Demand Kyrgyzstan Release Imprisoned Rights Activist...

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the European Union to demand that Kyrgyzstan release veteran human rights defender Azimjan Askarov from prison....

 2018-12-07 08:25 

Radio Free Europe/Liberty

'Criticism Is Not Welcome': The Rise and Fall of Russia's TV2...

TV2 in Tomsk, Siberia was one of the last free and independent regional media outlets in Russia. But the company's unfettered journalism was not in sync with the country's increasingly restrictive political climate. The station's broadcasts we...

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