Tens Of Thousands Protest In Prague Against Czech Prime Minister
As many as 120,000 protesters filled central Prague to demand the resignation of billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Babis was charged by prosecutors in 2018 in connection with the misuse of some $2.24 million in European Union subsidies.
'A Person, Not An Invalid': Smolensk DJ Defies His Diagnosis
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Stas Borodin, 33, lost a good job, his wife left him, and he was forced to return to his native Smolensk. He’s now a well-known DJ in Moscow.
Uzbekistan's Remaining Bukharan Jews Hold Tight To Traditions
For more than a millennium, the city of Bukhara, in what is now Uzbekistan, had been home to one of the biggest Jewish communities in Asia. But their numbers have dwindled after decades of Soviet rule.
Rebel Yell: Europe's Biggest U.S. Civil War Reenactment
Every year, hundreds of people from across Europe and North America converge on a military base in Germany to re-fight a battle from the U.S. Civil War. There's cavalry, artillery, soldiers, and civilians, with meticulous attention to detail right down to the last button.
Moscow Rejects U.S. Accusations Of 'Unsafe' Interception Over Mediterranean
Russia's Defense Ministry has rejected a statement by the U.S. Naval Forces' 6th Fleet regarding a series of interceptions of a U.S. aircraft over the Mediterranean. The statement said that one of the interceptions, which lasted for about 28 minutes, was “unsafe due to the [Russian] SU-35 conducting a high-speed pass directly in front of the mission aircraft, which put our pilots and crew at risk."
Ukrainian President 'Open' To Russia Peace Talks, Commits To NATO
During his first foreign trip, newly elected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy told interlocutors in Brussels he is ready to negotiate with Russia to end the war in eastern Ukraine, but he also reaffirmed his country’s course toward NATO membership -- a move strongly opposed by Moscow.
Kyiv Says Three Ukrainian Soldiers Killed In Fighting In East
Ukraine says three of its soldiers have been killed and at least three others wounded in clashes with Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Separatist fighters reportedly opened fire with machine guns, anti-tank missiles, sniper rifles, and grenade launchers, violating a cease-fire and a weapons ban under the Minsk peace agreements.
Chinese President To Arrive In Russia
China's president is headed for Moscow to mark what a Kremlin official said was a new era of bilateral friendship and economic ties.
FSB Reportedly Orders Russia's Yandex To Hand Over Encryption Keys
Russian media reported that Yandex, the country's largest search engine, has refused to turn over encryption keys that would give the country's law enforcement agencies the ability to decode its e-mail traffic.
Russian Blogger Attacked In Krasnodar Amid 'Climate Of Impunity'
Reporters Without Borders RSF has voiced concern about the "climate of impunity" in Russia's southwestern region of Krasnodar after local blogger Vadim Kharchenko was violently assaulted by unknown attackers.
Kyiv Mayor Klitschko Offers Saakashvili Party Leadership Post
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitchko has said that his political party Udar will participate in Ukraine’s July 21 parliamentary elections, and offered Mikheil Saakashvili, who has recently returned to Ukraine, to lead the party in order to “unite efforts for rapid and effective change.” (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Freedom House Warns Of 'New Forms Of Media Repression'
Leaders intent on consolidating power are finding new ways to repress independent media, Freedom House has warned in a new report, saying that the phenomenon is evident both in democracies and authoritarian states.
PRESSROOM: Newseum Honors Fallen RFE/RL Afghan Journalists