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RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia. With more than 400 full-time journalists, 750 freelancers, and 17 local bureaus reporting in 26 languages, RFE/RL is one of the most comprehensive news operations in the world.​

Medvedev Says Migrants In Russia Committing More Crime As Unemployment Skyrockets.

Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said the nation’s migrants are committing more crimes amid mass unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Report: Russians Suspected Of Hacking Former U.K. Trade Minister’s E-Mail Ahead Of Elections

Russians are suspected of hacking into a former British trade minister’s e-mail and leaking classified U.S.-U.K. trade documents ahead of Britain's 2019 elections, Reuters reported on August 3.

Kazakh Activist Charged With Assaulting Police Officer Goes On Trial.

Kazakh civil rights activist Asya Tulesova has gone on trial on charges of assaulting and verbally insulting police during an unsanctioned rally in Almaty in June.


Serbian Parliament Sworn In After Election Largely Boycotted By Opposition.

Serbia’s newly elected parliament was sworn in on August 3 in Belgrade amid a noisy protest in front of the parliament building and claims that the election that put them into power was rigged.

Kyiv Police Detain Man With Explosives Who Took Hostage In Bank.

Ukrainian police have detained a man who held a woman hostage in a Kyiv bank for hours, threatening to detonate an explosive device that he said was in his backpack.

Moscow Sisters Charged With Killing Father To Be Tried By Jury.

The high-profile case of two sisters accused of killing their father in Moscow in 2018 will be tried by jury, a procedure allowed under Russian law in the case of serious crimes, a Moscow court announced on August 3.


Kazakh Activist Picketing Chinese Consulate In Almaty Detained.

Police in Kazakhstan's largest city have detained an activist who was picketing the Chinese Consulate in protest to recent statements by Chinese Ambassador Zhang Xiao about Chinese-Kazakh military cooperation.

COVID-19: 101-Year-Old Kyrgyz Man Recovers, Leaves Hospital.

Here's a roundup of COVID-19 developments in RFE/RL's broadcast regions.

Belarus's Rubber-Stamp Parliament Opens Session Called By President Ahead Of Election.

An extraordinary parliamentary session called by authoritarian Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has started in Minsk, just days ahead of an August 9 presidential poll.

One Dead In Fire At Power Station In Russian Arctic.

A fire at a thermal power station in the Russian Arctic city of Norilsk has killed one person, local emergency officials said.

Belarusian Presidential Candidate Tsikhanouskaya Says She Is Against Integration With Russia.

Belarusian presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya said she is against forming a union state with Russia but called for maintaining good relations with Moscow. 


Afghan Prison Attack Leaves Several Dead, Dozens Injured.

An attack on a prison in Afghanistan has left several people dead and dozens wounded as violence continues unabated in the war-torn nation. 


Pompeo Says U.S. Firms 'Becoming Aware' Of Abuses In Xinjiang, Warns China On Iran Deal

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said American companies are “becoming aware” of human rights abuses in the Chinese province of Xinjiang as he reiterated his call for them to reconsider doing business there. 

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Belarusian President Lukashenka To Address Nation Days Before Toughest Reelection Bid.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka will deliver his state of the union address on August 4, just days before his toughest reelection bid since coming to power more than a quarter century ago. 

COVID-19: Iran Sees Most New Infections In Nearly A Month.

Iranian officials said on August 2 that the latest one-day rise in confirmed coronavirus infections there was the highest in nearly a month. 

Exiled Lukashenka Challenger Said To Leave Moscow For Kyiv.

A critic of Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka who last month fled the country along with his children after his and others' candidacies were rejected for next week's presidential election has reportedly left Russia for neighboring Ukraine.

Russian Vaccine Developer Further Tempers Official's Claim Of October Rollout.

Researchers behind one of two Russian candidate vaccines against the coronavirus undergoing the approval process in that country say they plan to launch production in November.

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Afghan Intelligence Says High-Ranking Islamic State Leader Killed.

Afghanistan's intelligence service announced late on August 1 that Afghan special forces had killed a senior intelligence leader for the militant group Islamic State (IS).

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Belarusian President Accuses Russia Of Trying To Cover Up Vagner Group Election Plot.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has accused Russia of trying to cover up an attempt to send 200 fighters from a private Russian military firm into Belarus on a mission to destabilize the country ahead of its August 9 presidential election.

Iran Says It Has Detained A Leader Of U.S.-Based Opposition Group

Authorities in Iran say they have arrested a leader of a U.S.-based opposition group for alleged involvement in a 2008 mosque attack in Shiraz that killed 14 people and injured more than 200.

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Several Thousand Demonstrators Continue Protests In Russia's Khabarovsk.

Several thousand people braved rainy weather to protest in the Russian Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk on August 1 to show their support for the region’s jailed former governor, Sergei Furgal.

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Serbian President Urged To Share Data On COVID-19 Deaths Among Disabled People.

Serbia’s government has been urged to collect and share data on COVID-19 infections and deaths inside institutions for people with disabilities.


Belarus Presidential Candidate Plans Three Rallies Amid Growing Security Concerns.

Belarus presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, whose recent campaign events have drawn large crowds, is scheduled to hold three rallies on August 1. 


Moldovan Man Tied To Internet Theft Of More Than $500 Million Pleads Guilty In U.

A Moldovan man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and other charges in connection with a cybercrime organization that the U.S. Justice Department said was responsible for the theft of $568 million dollars worldwide.

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U.S. Appeals Court Overturns Boston Marathon Bomber's Death Sentence

A U.S. federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, an ethnic Chechen and naturalized U.S. citizen convicted in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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