Researchers in Romania have successfully tested the most powerful laser ever built, concentrating one-tenth of the power of the sun into ultra-short pulses. The device at the Extreme Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics lab (ELI-NP) has potential applications ranging from particle research to cancer therapies.
Kyrgyz authorities have evacuated residents of two villages near a disputed section of its border with Tajikistan following deadly clashes in the Batken region.
Australia hasn’t experienced recession for more than 27 years. Her are examples of other countries that also haven’t seen their economy decline for some time.
The European Union has added eight Russian officials to its sanctions list for their involvement in the seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels and their 24 crew members near the Kerch Strait in November 2018. The EU left off a high-ranking Russian military officer after failing to reach unanimity on his inclusion.
The European Parliament has overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging EU member states to adopt a sanctions framework similar to the Magnitsky Act in order to punish human rights offenders.
A Moscow city court has upheld the extension of the arrest of ex-U.S. Marine Paul Whelan. The Russian Federal Security Service suspects him of espionage. Whelan denies the charges. (Russian Service)
Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin says authorities in Krasnogorsk, a city near Moscow, have been harassing his grandmother and the private retirement home she is living in. He wrote on Facebook on March 14 that an aide to the city prosecutor had threatened to destroy the facility’s business if she was not evicted.
The abduction of Reshat Ametov unfolded in early March 2014 in front of the Council of Ministers building in the capital of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. "It was the first forced disappearance in the history of occupied Crimea," said rights activist Tamila Tasheva, "but no one has conducted any real investigation since then."
A Russian-American crew of three has arrived at the International Space Station, marking success in the second attempt to reach the craft after an aborted launch in October.
The Ukrainian parliament has announced it will consider the legalization of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes in response to an electronic petition submitted to lawmakers on behalf of medical patients that collected 25,000 signatures (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian said that Nagorno-Karabakh’s engagement in the negotiations is not a precondition, but “is of pivotal importance." Azeri President Ilham Aliyev called it “unacceptable,” and said Armenia should withdraw its forces from the break-away region.
Award-winning Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica has been named as an adviser to the Serbian member of Bosnia-Herzegovina's three-person presidency. Kusturica, who was born in Sarajevo but has not returned since the 1992-95 war, is known to be a close friend of President Milorad Dodik, who represents the Bosia’s ethnic Serbs.