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Humanitarian Cease-Fire Takes Effect In Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh.

A humanitarian cease-fire has taken effect in the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Although fighting continued on October 25, a joint statement from the U.S. State Department and the two govern...

Humanitarian Cease-Fire Takes Effect In Conflict Over Nagorno-Karabakh.

A humanitarian cease-fire has taken effect in the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

Tsikhanouskaya Calls For National Strike To Go Ahead In Belarus After Crackdown On Protesters.

A national strike is to begin on October 26 in Belarus after police forces loyal to Alyaksandr Lukashenka fired stun grenades and detained scores of people during protests calling for his resignation.

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Zelenskiy Stresses Free Nature Of Elections In Ukraine After Historic Vote.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy touted the country’s free elections and insisted Ukraine is moving in the right direction after polls closed October 25 in local elections considered the most consequential in the country’s modern history.

U.S. Says Humanitarian Cease-Fire To Take Effect In Nagorno-Karabakh

A humanitarian cease-fire will take effect on October 26 at 8 a.m. local time in the fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a joint statement from the U.S. State Department and the two governments says.

Three Missing After Blast On Russian Tanker In Sea Of Azov.

Three crew members are missing after an explosion on a Russian tanker in the Sea of Azov, the Russian civil-defense authority has said.

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Bulgarian Prime Minister Tests Positive For COVID-19.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has tested positive for the new coronavirus as the number of those infected with COVID-19 in the EU member country has been on a steady rise over the past two weeks.

Iranian Police Investigating Man's Death Following Use Of Pepper Spray In Arrest.

Police in Iran are investigating the death of a man who was apparently killed while being arrested by an officer in the northeastern city of Mashhad, the official government news agency IRNA has reported.

Protests Expected In Belarus As Opposition Deadline Reached.

Rallies are expected to take place in Belarus against strongman Alyaksandr Lukashenka on October 25, the end of a deadline set by the opposition for him to step down or face a nationwide strike.

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Belarusian Opposition Calls National Strike For October 26 Amid More Protests.

Belarusian opposition candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has said a national strike will begin on October 26 after Alyaksandr Lukashenka's government responded with stun grenades and rubber bullets to protests against him earlier in the day.

Ukrainians Go To The Polls In Historic Local Elections.

Voters across Ukraine will cast ballots on October 25 in local elections being held under a new Electoral Code that decentralizes power from Kyiv to local governing bodies.

Iran's Supreme Leader Says Fighting Coronavirus 'Main Priority'.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has urged the authorities to prioritize public health above any economic or security concerns as the Middle East's hardest-hit country battles a third wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

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France Deports Bosnians Who Shaved Daughter's Head Over Relationship With Serb.

France has expelled family members of a Bosnian Muslim teenager who forcibly shaved her head because she wanted to marry a Christian Serbian man, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

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Police In Belarus Detain Nine Protesters, As Women Stage Regular Weekend Rally.

Police in Belarus have detained nine protesters as hundreds of women staged their regular weekend march in the capital to pressure the Belarusian government and Alyaksandr Lukashenka to step aside or call new elections.

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Several Detained Amid Women’s Protest March In Belarus.

Police in Belarus have detained at least nine protesters as hundreds of women staged their regular weekend march in the capital, Minsk, on October 24 to pressure Alyaksandr Lukashenka to step aside or call new elections. The march precedes a large...

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Fighting Over Nagorno-Karabakh Continues After Armenia, Azerbaijan Hold U.

Azerbaijani and Armenian forces have continued to clash in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, a day after the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington to discuss how to resolve the decades-lo...

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Kyrgyzstan Schedules Early Presidential Election For January 10.

The press service for Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission says an early presidential election has been scheduled to take place on January 10.

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Uzbekistan Drops Controversial Case Against Journalist, Gifts Him An Apartment.

Uzbek journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev has announced that a controversial criminal investigation against him has been dropped.

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U.S. Sanctions Russian Research Institution Tied to Malware That Targets Industrial Systems

The United States has sanctioned a Russian government research institute connected to the development of a computer malware capable of targeting industrial safety systems and causing catastrophic damage.

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Bulgaria Joins U.S. Initiative To Block Chinese Companies From Building 5G Networks

The United States and Bulgaria on October 23 signed a memorandum on the security of 5G wireless communications networks under which Bulgaria commits to protecting its 5G networks from “untrusted” Chinese tech companies such as Huawei.

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Bulgaria, Kosovo, North Macedonia Join U.S. Initiative To Block Chinese Equipment In 5G Network

Bulgaria, Kosovo, and North Macedonia have signed declarations with the United States on the security of 5G wireless communications networks under which they committed to protect their networks from "untrusted" Chinese tech companies such as Huawei.

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Thousands Rally In Budapest To Protect Arts University.

Around 10,000 people have marched through the Hungarian capital to rally for the autonomy of the University of Theater and Film Arts (SZFE).

Tusk Blasts Hungarian PM's Vision Of Democracy, Says Belarus Opposition 'Close To Victory'.

The head of the European center-right European People’s Party (EPP) says Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s vision of "illiberal democracy" is in fact spearheading the creation of a "degenerate democracy" in his country.

New Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Says Russia Remains 'Major Partner'.

Kyrgyzstan's newly appointed Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev says that the recent political upheaval that toppled the Central Asian nation's government and prompted the president to resign won't impact relations with Russia, its "major partner a...

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Acting Kyrgyz President Signs Law That Will Delay Vote, Paves Way For Changes Allowing Him To Run.

Kyrgyzstan’s acting President Sadyr Japarov has signed changes to the elections law that will delay in parliamentary and presidential votes, a move the convicted kidnapper's critics call a power grab.

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