European right-wing leaders, including Marine Le Pen of France and Dutch politician Geert Wilders, gathered in Prague on December 16 for a meeting hosted by the Czech Republic's Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which won nearly 11 percent of the vote in parliamentary elections in October based on an anti-Islam and anti-immigrant platform.
Police and protesters have clashed in central Kyiv as several thousand people took to the streets of the Ukrainian capital to call for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko and the resignation of the country's top prosecutor.
Truckers across Russia began 10 days of protests against what they say are unfair taxes.
Video on Chechen social media appears to show a police major beating a teenage boy for "disrespecting" the birthplace of a venerated Sufi sheik. A girl is told she should be hanged.
Romania has held a grand state funeral for former King Michael, who died in Switzerland at the age of 96 on December 5.
The Kremlin and the White House say that U.S. intelligence services helped Russia thwart a series of terrorist attacks in St. Petersburg by tipping off Moscow about the purported plot.
Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili appeared at the Prosecutor-General's Office in Kyiv on December 18 but refused to answer questions from investigators.
Ukraine's military said on December 18 that three of its soldiers were killed amid multiple cease-fire violations by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in the preceding 24 hours.
Chechen militant commander Salahuddin Shishani, the nom de guerre of Payzoola Margoshvili, who is believed to have fought in Syria against pro-Assad forces since 2013, has reportedly been killed as a result of a Russian airstrike. (Kavkaz Realities website)
For decades, radioactive waste from the nearby Mayak nuclear complex has been dumped or seeped into the Techa River in Russia's Ural Mountains. In 1957, a nuclear accident at Mayak contaminated 20,000 square kilometers and affected an estimated 270,000 people.
The supreme court in Russia-annexed Crimea ruled on the appeal today filed by RFE/RL contributor Mykola Semena, who was convicted in September on separatism charges, affirming the original 2 1/2 year suspended sentence, but reducing the 3-year ban on his “public activities” to 2 years (Russian Service)
Communist party members in the peninsula’s capital city, Sevastopol, held a gathering on December 16 to commemorate Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s 138th birthday, during which children were accepted into the party’s youth organization and later, together with other participants, sang “Bring Back Stalin.” (Crimea Realities website)
The problem is not a lack of vaccine, as Kyiv's chief immunologist explains, but a fear among parents that it's worse than the disease.
Three Belarusians who have contributed articles expressing pro-Russia views to the Russian news outlet Regnum went on trial in Minsk on December 18 on hate-crimes charges.
Dozens of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital, Sarajevo, to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.
Among the many interesting aspects of the recent coal miners' strike in Kazakhstan's central Qaraghandy region was the reappearance of Kazakhstan's opposition Nationwide Social Democratic Party.