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 2021-06-28 16:14 

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Belarus Severs Ties With EU After Economic Sanctions...

Belarus says it has recalled its permanent representative to the European Union for consultations after Brussels imposed economic sanctions....

 2021-06-28 15:41 

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Amnesty Voices Support For Kosovo Activists Raising Concerns Over Hydropower Plants...

Amnesty International is urging a company operating hydropower plants in a protected natural area in western Kosovo to withdraw "baseless" defamation lawsuits against two local environmental activists....

 2021-06-28 14:38 

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Russian Court Denies U.S. Marine's Appeal...

A Russian court has upheld the nine-year prison sentence of U.S. Marine Trevor Reed after being convicted in July 2020 for assaulting two police officers....

 2021-06-28 14:29 

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Dozens Picket In Kazakhstan, Claiming Flaws In Justice System...

Dozens of protesters from different parts of Kazakhstan have staged a protest in front of the Prosecutor-General's Office in Nur-Sultan saying court decisions regarding cases launched against them or their relatives were unjust....

 2021-06-28 14:02 

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Armenian Election Body Confirms Pashinian Win, Rejects Opposition Accusations...

Armenia's Central Election Commission says official results from snap parliamentary elections confirm a landslide victory for acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian's Civil Contract party while rejecting opposition demands to annul the results....

 2021-06-28 13:39 

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Russian Comic Of Azerbaijani Origin Says He Was Attacked In Moscow...

A Russian stand-up comic of Azerbaijani origin, Idrak Mirzalizade, says he was attacked in Moscow after several pro-government media outlets accused him of insulting ethnic Russians....

 2021-06-28 13:00 

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Jailed Russian Activist Seeks Opposition Party Candidacy...

The jailed former executive director of the pro-democracy Open Russia movement, Andrei Pivovarov, has called on a founder of the opposition Yabloko party, Grigory Yavlinsky, to register him as a party candidate for upcoming parliamentary elections....

 2021-06-28 11:59 

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'Damage Was Done': Belarus, Where Lukashenka Dismissed COVID-19, Now Struggles To Vaccinate...

As the coronavirus spread fast last year, Alyaksandr Lukashenka dismissed the pandemic as a "mass psychosis" and refused to institute lockdown measures in Belarus, sending infection rates up. And now the country is one of the worst in Europe in te...

 2021-06-28 10:38 

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Moscow, St. Petersburg Report Record COVID-19 Deaths As Infections Spike In Russia...

Moscow and St. Petersburg have reported record numbers of daily COVID-19 deaths as Russia battles a new deadly surge in infections....

 2021-06-28 10:25 

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Leading Belarusian News Site Removes Social Media Archive To Protect Staff, Readers...

Tut.by, a leading independent news site in Belarus, says it has removed its social media archive for the last 18 months to shield its staff and readers from persecution amid an ongoing crackdown on the country's pro-democracy movement....

 2021-06-28 08:53 

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Tracking COVID-19 Vaccination Rates In Our Region...
 2021-06-28 08:30 

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U.S. Consulates In Russia To Suspend Services In August Due To Workforce Limits...

U.S. consulates in Russia will suspend their operations as of August 1 due to a lack of staff after Moscow capped the number of its nationals allowed to work at the offices....

 2021-06-28 08:07 

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Iran Says No Decision Yet On Surveillance Imagery Deal With UN Nuclear Inspectors...

Tehran has not made a decision yet on prolonging a deal with the UN atomic watchdog over access to surveillance footage at its nuclear sites, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on June 28....

 2021-06-28 06:08 

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Multinational Naval Drills Kick Off In Black Sea After Incident Between Russia And U.K. Destroyer...

Nearly two weeks of multinational naval exercises are set to begin in the Black Sea amid warnings from Russia that it will respond to challenges in contested waters off Ukraine after an incident with a British warship last week.The annual Sea Breeze exerc...

 2021-06-28 06:01 

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Taliban Forces More Afghan Soldiers To Flee Into Tajikistan...

Another group of Afghan soldiers has retreated across the border into Tajikistan as the Taliban press an offensive across swaths of northern Afghanistan...

 2021-06-28 01:49 

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North Macedonia Receives 500,000 Chinese-Made Sinovac Vaccine Doses...

North Macedonia received 500,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine on June 27, allowing the Balkan nation to expand its COVID-19 immunization campaign....

 2021-06-27 23:28 

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U.S. Military Strikes Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq-Syria Border Area...

The U.S. military carried out air strikes against Iran-backed militias in the Iraq-Syria border area, in retaliation for drone attacks by the groups against U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq....

 2021-06-27 20:10 

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Lithuanian Minister Calls Migrant Flows From Belarus 'Profitable, Well-Organized' Plan...

Lithuanian Interior Minister Agne Bilotaite said Belarusian officials were behind the surge in migrants this year into the Baltic, calling it a "well-organized" plan....

 2021-06-27 19:45 

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Bic Pics: Artist Draws Ukraine's Dark Side With A Ballpoint Pen...

Serhiy Kolyada's unabashed drawings depict victimhood, vice, venality, and heroism in Ukraine. His brush is a ballpoint pen....

 2021-06-27 18:25 

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Blinken Meets Israel's New Foreign Minister Amid Divisions on Iran, Palestine...

U.S .Secretary of State Antony Blinken held his first meeting with Israel's new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid amid disagreements between the two countries over Iran and Palestine....

 2021-06-27 16:48 

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Family Of Wealthy Russian Businessman Wants Independent Investigation Of Death...

The family of a wealthy Russian businessman wants an independent, international expert to investigate the cause of his death....

 2021-06-27 15:28 

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Moldovans Line Up For Vaccine Shot As Ex-President Walks By...

A "vaccination marathon" took place in Moldova's capital, Chisinau, on June 26. Official sources say that more than 4,000 people got a COVID-19 shot at the event, which was organized by the Chisinau City Administration in cooperation with the ...

 2021-06-27 14:51 

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Moscow's Daily Death Toll From COVID-19 Surpasses 100 For First Time Amid New Wave...

More than 100 people in Moscow have died from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, setting a new record, as Russia faces another wave of the pandemic....

 2021-06-27 14:11 

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Uproar Over Firing Of Russian Educator Who Supporters Say Refused To Snitch On Student Protesters...

The head of a school in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod has been fired after she allegedly refused to give authorities the names of students and staff who joined anti-government protests. The school community, and Russian civil society more broadly, i...

 2021-06-27 10:35 

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Majlis Podcast: Just How Bad Has The Situation Become In Turkmenistan?...

The government of Turkmenistan combines some of the most odious aspects of misrule seen in the world today....

 2021-06-27 09:38 

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Classified Documents On U.K. Destroyer Involved In Disputed Black Sea Incident Found At Bus Stop...

Classified defense documents containing details about the U.K. military vessel HMS Defender and the British military have been found at bus stop in the country, the BBC reported on June 27....

 2021-06-27 08:59 

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Iran Says Nuclear Site Images Won't Be Given To UN Atomic Agency As Deal Has Expired...

The speaker of Iran's parliament said Tehran will never hand over images from inside some Iranian nuclear sites to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a monitoring agreement with the agency had expired....

 2021-06-27 07:51 

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Ogulsapar Muradova: After 15 Years, Still No Probe Of Turkmen Journalist's Death In Custody...

This month marks the 15th anniversary of the politically motivated arrest of Ogulsapar Muradova, an RFE/RL reporter who later died in custody. Despite allegations that she was tortured, the case has never been investigated by the Turkmen authorities who t...

 2021-06-26 22:19 

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Car Rams Russian Embassy Gate In Belarusian Capital...

A car rammed the gate of the Russian Embassy in Minsk on June 26, authorities with the city's traffic police department said....

 2021-06-26 22:19 

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Car Rams Russian Embassy Gate In Belarusian Capital...

A car rammed the gate of the Russian Embassy in Minsk on June 26, authorities with the city's traffic police department said....

 2021-06-26 20:50 

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Communists Rally Against 'Mandatory' Vaccination In Hard-Hit Moscow...

Police in the Russian capital detained at least eight people on June 26 after a Communist-led rally opposing compulsory vaccination against COVID-19.The gathering attracted several hundred people.Police reportedly moved in after the event was concluding.O...

 2021-06-26 20:50 

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Communists Rally Against 'Mandatory' Vaccination In Hard-Hit Moscow...

Police in the Russian capital detained at least eight people on June 26 after a Communist-led rally opposing compulsory vaccination against COVID-19....

 2021-06-26 20:07 

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North Macedonia's President Joins Hundreds For Second 'Pride' Parade...

Hundreds of people including President Stevo Pendarovski marched in the Skopje Pride parade in the capital of North Macedonia on June 26....

 2021-06-26 20:02 

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In Russia, Five People Set Alight After Man Douses Them In Gasoline...

A suspect and five other people were reportedly injured in the Russian region of Perm when a man doused several of them in gasoline and lit them on fire, authorities said on June 26....

 2021-06-26 19:41 

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World Athletics OKs More Russians For Competition As 'Neutrals'...

The World Athletics list of the 61 newly successful applicants includes former world hurdles champion Sergey Shubenkov....

 2021-06-26 18:37 

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Iran Grants Clemency To 5,000 Prisoners...

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has granted clemency to more than 5,100 prisoners to mark a Shi'ite religious holiday, his website announced on June 26....

 2021-06-26 17:07 

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China Denies Issuing Vaccine Threat To Ukraine Over Uyghur Rights Challenge...

China responded angrily on June 26 to accusations that Beijing pressured Ukraine into withdrawing its support for greater scrutiny of Chinese actions in Xinjiang by threatening to withhold COVID-19 vaccine shipments....

 2021-06-26 15:05 

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Bundestag Speaker Warns Of 'Great' Danger Of Outside Meddling In German Elections...

The speaker of the German parliament, Wolfgang Schaeuble, has expressed concern over the threat of foreign actors trying to influence elections to the Bundestag, scheduled for late September....

 2021-06-26 14:47 

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Russian COVID Deaths Set New High For 2021, Again...

Russia on June 26 reported its deadliest day so far this year from COVID-19, with 619 patients succumbing over the previous 24 hours to top the previous day's high....

 2021-06-26 13:25 

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Ukraine Reports Daily Shelling In The Donbas...

Units from Ukraine's armed forces at the front line in the east of the country say Russia-backed separatists are using weapons banned by the Minsk accords signed in 2014 in an effort to end the armed confrontation, which has caused hundreds of casualt...

 2021-06-26 09:51 

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'Nobody Understands Me': Kazakhstan's Alarmingly High Suicide Rate Rises Amid Pandemic...

Suicide rates have risen in oil-rich Kazakhstan amid forced social isolations and uncertainties about the future. Some of those who tried and failed share their stories of hope and determination....

 2021-06-26 08:25 

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Says He Plans To Meet With U.S. Ambassador To 'Normalize' Diplomatic Work...

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has said he plans to meet soon with U.S. Ambassador John Sullivan, who returned to Moscow this week after two months away from the post....

 2021-06-26 07:46 

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EU Sanctions Poised To Harm Belarus, Help Russia...

A new round of EU sanctions aimed at holding Minsk accountable for its crackdown on anti-government protests and diversion of a passenger jet is expected to take a bite out of the Belarusian economy. But the measures cutting off exports destined for Europ...

 2021-06-25 17:28 

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How Top Officials, Relatives Scooped Up Kazakhstan's Higher-Education Sector...

After 28 years of privatization reforms, much of Kazakhstan's higher education sector has become encumbered by nepotism, perceived corruption, conflict of interest, and lack of transparency....

 2021-06-25 17:05 

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Uzbekistan Orders COVID Restrictions As Delta Variant Sweeps Across Central Asia...

Uzbekistan has ordered restrictions on entry into the capital Tashkent as coronavirus cases surge across Central Asian countries due to the highly contagious delta variant....

 2021-06-25 15:58 

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Taliban Fighters Return To Central Asia's Borders...

Afghan government forces are on the run in the northern part of the country with nearly 200 troops fleeing into Tajikistan and Uzbekistan to escape Taliban assaults in recent days. Central Asian governments find they now have fighting on their doorstep....

 2021-06-25 15:34 

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U.S., France Concerned As Iran Lets UN Atomic Watchdog Deal Expire...

The United States and France have warned Iran not to draw out nuclear talks, a day after an interim agreement for the UN nuclear watchdog to monitor Tehran's atomic activities expired....

 2021-06-25 14:24 

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'How Could This Happen?' Russians Sign Up For Sputnik V COVID-19 Vaccine, Get 'EpiVac' Instead...

Many Russians are complaining that the COVID-19 vaccine they signed up to get was swapped for another without their knowledge. Some only found out when they asked about it. They were promised the domestically produced Sputnik V, but instead got a drug cal...

 2021-06-25 14:03 

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Tajikistan Tense As Fighting In Afghanistan Approaches Border...

With a Taliban offensive across Afghanistan, neighboring Tajikistan is feeling the impact of the conflict. Residents of a border town said wounded Afghan soldiers fled into Tajikistan for safety earlier this week as fighting raged nearby. Some Tajiks fear...

 2021-06-25 12:35 

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Amid Outrage Abroad, Chechen Strongman Kadyrov Lays The Groundwork For A Fourth Term...

A hastily assembled world "congress" of Chechens has met to unanimously "demand" that Ramzan Kadyrov, who has ruled the region since 2007 despite numerous allegations of gross human rights violations, run for a fourth term as head of the R...

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