The wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was still smoldering in the countryside of eastern Ukraine when Russian media began relaying news of the downed plane. An anchorwoman for a Kremlin-loyal network announced, “A fresh victory for the Donetsk rebels: Another Ukrainian plane was shot down in the city of Torez.”
Russian police detained dozens of demonstrators outside the Moscow Election Commission headquarters after opposition candidates called for a sit-in to protest their exclusion from city council elections.
Serbian anti-government protesters marched for the 32nd weekend in a row on July 13, expanding their grievances to include new allegations that Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic may have falsified his university degree.
There was chaos on the streets of Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, when traffic lights and transportation systems stopped working on July 15 following a power blackout.
Austria's justice minister has approved the extradition of Ukrainian tycoon Dmytro Firtash to the United States, where he has been charged as part of an alleged bribery scheme involving titanium supplies for aircraft giant Boeing.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that its Russian-made S-400 missile-defense system will be fully deployed in April 2020, and that eight planes had already brought parts and more were coming.
Russian and Ukrainian officials say they are holding talks on a prisoner swap involving 24 Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait last year, just days after their countries' presidents discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine and a possible prisoner exchange in their first telephone call.
The law, which was signed by former President Petro Poroshenko only days before leaving office, declares Ukrainian "the only official state language in Ukraine." It says "attempts" to introduce other languages as the state language would be considered attempts to "forcibly change the constitutional order."
Russia’s Interior Ministry has reported that four police officers linked to the June 6 arrest of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov have been fired. The names of the officers, who are expected to appeal the decision, have not been disclosed. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Russian opposition politician Ilya Yashin has vowed to appeal the Moscow Election Commission's July 15 decision to disqualify him from elections to the capital's city council in September. The council ruled that many of the signatures required to support his candidacy contained incorrect information.
Irkutsk mayor Sergei Khudonogov has resigned after a video posted to the Internet showed dozens of state-owned trucks and equipment securing his property during four days of floods caused by heavy rains, while ordinary residents were left without help from the authorities.
Authorities in Russia have arrested 77-year-old researcher Sergei Meshcheryakov at a Russian rocket- and spacecraft-design institute on treason charges. No more details have been provided.
In an interview with Current Time, Lana Estemirova, the daughter of Russian rights activist Natalya Estemirova, who was abducted and killed 10 years ago, said she agreed with findings by Russian investigative journalists that her mother’s abduction on July 15, 2009 was linked to her efforts to examine a police department in Chechnya that had allegedly been abducting civilians.
If Ukraine's presidential elections marked the rise of so-called "clone candidates," then its parliamentary elections mark their revenge. Yes, the "clones" are back -- and with a vengeance.
A massive hacking attack in Bulgaria via a Russian website might be linked to Sofia's decision to buy military jets from the United States, the Balkan country's interior minister said, as the government's Security Council gathered to assess the situation.
Tajikistan's Prosecutor-General Yusuf Rahmon has rejected claims by relatives of 14 inmates whose deaths were announced last week that the men had been tortured. Rahmon told reporters in Dushanbe on July 16 that the inmates died of food poisoning.