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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.​

Belarusian Opposition Leader Statkevich Detained On Way To Rally.

Prominent Belarusian opposition leader Mikalay Statkevich has been detained on his way to a rally in the capital, Minsk.

Children Of Azerbaijani Ex-Security Chief Acquired Luxury Properties In Britain, Investigation Finds.

The children of Azerbaijan's former security chief have acquired a number of a luxury properties in Britain, including a $21 million home in London, an investigation revealed.

Hundreds More Captives Freed As Part Of Afghanistan-Taliban Prisoner Swap.

The Afghan government and the Taliban have released more captives as part of a major prisoner swap ahead of formal peace talks aimed at ending the 18-year war.


Islamic State Claims Blast That Killed Afghan Journalist, Technician.

The Islamic State (IS) extremist group has claimed responsibility for a bomb blast that killed an Afghan journalist and a technician in a minibus carrying employees of a local television station.

Afghan Journalist, Driver Killed In Blast Targeting TV Workers.

A journalist and a driver have been killed and at least six people wounded when a bus carrying employees of an Afghan television station was hit by a roadside bomb in Kabul, the director of the television network said.

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Britain, France, Germany 'Regret' U.S. Decision To End Sanctions Waivers On Iran’s Nuclear Program

Britain, France, and Germany have criticized a decision by the United States to end sanctions waivers for companies from countries that remain in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

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COVID-19: Uzbekistan Extends Lockdown, But Starts Lifting Some Restrictions.

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


U.S. Republican Senators Release Transcripts Of Flynn's Calls With Russian Diplomat

Transcripts of phone calls that were pivotal to the U.S. investigation of Russia's 2016 election interference have been declassified and released by Republican senators.

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U.S. General Says Russian Aircraft Flown To Libya Are Linked To Moscow's Pursuit Of Foothold In Region

The U.S. military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM) has rejected Russia’s claim that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on May 29 that the aircraft reflect Russia's goal to establish a foothold in the oil-rich country.

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Bosniak-Croat Federation PM Detained Over Deal To Buy Respirators From China.

The prime minister of Bosnia's autonomous Bosniak-Croat federation has been questioned in a potential corruption case involving the purchase of 100 respirators from China for coronavirus patients.

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Dozens Held In Moscow, St. Petersburg For Protesting Journalist's Arrest

Police in Moscow detained 32 people, including a State Duma member, several municipal lawmakers, and journalists who came out to protest against the jailing of prominent Russian journalist Ilya Azar, an independent political watchdog says.

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Ukraine, Hungary Seek To Overcome Impasse Over Language Law Impeding NATO Initiatives.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjarto have discussed Kyiv-Budapest bilateral ties at a time Hungary is blocking NATO initiatives because of a restrictive language law in Ukraine. 

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U.S.-Funded Health Website 'Spreading Misinformation' About Coronavirus

The U.S. government is funding a health website in Armenia that has published misinformation about COVID-19, according to the British investigative online publication openDemocracy. 

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EU Releases 500 Million Euro Final Loan Tranche To Ukraine.

The European Commission has approved the disbursement of the second and final 500 million-euro tranche of its macro-financial assistance to Ukraine. 

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Rights Watchdog Calls On Turkmenistan To Release Popular Entertainer Imprisoned For Being Gay.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says a popular entertainer and his associates in Turkmenistan have been handed prison terms for being gay and called on authorities to "immediately dismiss" all charges against the men.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Says Shooting In Kyiv Region Linked To Corruption.

Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said that a mass shooting incident in the town of Brovary near the capital is linked to corruption among Kyiv city and region's authorities.

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Three Border Guards Reported Killed In Clash In Northwestern Iran.

Three Iranian border guards have been killed in a clash with "armed insurgents" in the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan, Iranian media report.


U.S. Citizen Whelan, Accused Of Spying In Russia, Undergoes Hernia Surgery

U.S. citizen Paul Whelan, who is on trial in Russia on an espionage charge, has undergone emergency hernia surgery.

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Taliban Attack On Checkpoint Kills At Least 14 Afghan Troops Amid Talks On Prisoner Release.

Taliban militants have attacked an army checkpoint in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least 14 soldiers in the latest in a series of incidents since a three-day cease-fire that was in effect during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr ended on May 26.

Poroshenko Again Fails To Show For Questioning At Ukraine's State Bureau Of Investigations.

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has failed for the second time this week to show up at the State Bureau of Investigations (DBR) for questioning.

Second Shipment Of U.S. Ventilators Heading To Russia Amid Continuing Questions

A second shipment of U.S.-built ventilators will head to Moscow to help Russia in its fight against the coronavirus, a goodwill gesture by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration that has been trailed by questions and criticism.

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Tajik Journalist Attacked, Beaten For Second Time In Less Than A Month.

A journalist of Tajikistan's independent Asia Plus new agency has been attacked for the second time in less than a month as he covered the aftermath of a recent landslide that killed two men.

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U.S. Warns Of Russian Hacking Group's Attempts To Gain 'Dream Access' To Computer Systems

The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) on May 28 warned government partners and private companies about a Russian hacking operation that it says uses a special intrusion technique to target operating systems often used to manage computer infrastr...

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U.S. Blacklists Bosnian Politician Over Involvement In 'Significant Corruption’

The U.S. Department of State has blacklisted Amir Zukic, a former member of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s lower house of parliament accused of involvement in "significant corruption” in the Balkan country.

U.S. Blacklists Bosnian Politician Over Involvement In 'Significant Corruption’

The United States has blacklisted Amir Zukic, a former member of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s lower house of parliament accused of involvement in "significant corruption” in the Balkan country.

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