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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.

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.

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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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.

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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Russia Opens Criminal Case Against Opposition Politician Over Anti-Kremlin Rallies.

Russian authorities have opened a criminal case against Yulia Galymina, an opposition Moscow city councillor, over her involvement in anti-Kremlin rallies.

Russia Jails Popular Blogger Who Covered Khabarovsk Protests.

A Russian court sentenced a well-known blogger who has covered ongoing daily protests in the Far Eastern city to seven days in jail after finding him guilty of violating the law on public gatherings.

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Moscow Court To Decide Next Week On Trial Of Sisters Charged With Killing Their Father.

A Moscow court says it will make public next week its decision regarding how to proceed with the trial of two sisters accused of killing their father.

Putin Signs Into Law Bill On Multiday Voting In Elections.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a controversial bill that allows voting over as many as three days during elections.

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Iran's Khamenei Rejects Talks With U.S. Over Missile, Nuclear Programs

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ruled out negotiations with Washington over Tehran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, calling the United States "Iran's main enemy."

Amnesty Says Iran Has Ignored Pleas By Prison Officials For Essential Virus Resources.

Amnesty International says it has obtained several leaked documents signed by officials at Iran’s Prisons Organization that reveal that the Iranian government has ignored repeated pleas by senior prison officials for additional resources to contro...

Afghanistan Facing Humanitarian Disaster Amid Pandemic, Continued Violence, U.

Millions more Afghans are being pushed into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic, which has overwhelmed the war-wracked country's basic health-care system and exacerbated food insecurity, a U.S. watchdog said on July 30.

New Bill Backing Reform In Ukraine Seeks To Show U.S. 'Will Stand By' Its Friend

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced legislation to provide military assistance and reform support to Ukraine over the next five years, underscoring the widespread congressional backing for the nation despite repeated disappointments...


Bomb Attack Kills At Least Eight Afghans Ahead Of Cease-Fire.

Afghan officials say at least eight people were killed and dozens injured in a bomb attack in the eastern province of Logar on July 30, just hours before a three-day cease-fire was to begin for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

Russian Actor, Kremlin Critic Yefremov To Go On Trial Next Month.

The high-profile trial of well-known Russian actor Mikhail Yefremov is set to start on August 5.

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Pompeo Says U.S. Will 'Do Everything' To Stop Nord Stream 2 Project

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has told lawmakers that the United States intends to impose sanctions on firms that continue to help Russia build a natural-gas pipeline to Europe as he sought to dispel concerns about Washington’s commitment to...


Ukrainian Ex-President Kravchuk Takes Presidential Envoy Post In Group For Resolving Conflict.

Ukraine's first President Leonid Kravchuk has agreed to take the post of presidential envoy in the trilateral contact group on resolving the armed conflict in the country’s east.


UN Expert: Kyrgyz Activist's Death In Custody Shows 'Cruel Disregard' For Human Rights.

A UN human rights expert says the recent death of an ethnic Uzbek rights defender, Azimjan Askarov, while in Kyrgyz custody shows a "cruel disregard" for human rights in the Central Asian country.


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