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COVID-19: Armenia Sees Growth In Cases Amid Lockdown Easing.

The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 375,000 with more than 6.2 million infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness.

Putin, Trump Discuss G7 Summit, Arms Control In Phone Call.

U.S. President Donald Trump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to tell him about his proposal to convene an expanded Group of Seven (G7) summit later this year that would involve Russia, the Kremlin says.

Moscow Court Postpones Appeal Hearing In Jailed Journalist's Case.

The Moscow City Court has postponed the hearing of an appeal challenging a 15-day jail sentence against prominent journalist Ilya Azar.

Pakistan, India In Diplomatic Spat Over Spying Allegations.

Pakistan has protested the expulsion of two of its embassy officials in India, which accused them of spying.

Russian Court Hears Third Expert Opinion In Serebrennikov Embezzlement Case.

Acclaimed Russian film and theater director Kirill Serebrennikov and his co-defendants might have embezzled 129 million rubles ($1.86 million), a Moscow court heard on June 1 as their high-profile trial resumed.

Russian Police Colonel Being Treated For COVID-19 Falls From Moscow Hospital Window.

A female police lieutenant colonel has fallen from a window on the fifth floor of a Moscow hospital treating coronavirus patients, Russian media reported.

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Women’s Boxing Banned In Iran's Khuzestan Province

Khuzestan has become Iran’s first province to officially ban women's boxing.

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Judge Bars Kyrgyz Ex-President From Attending His Own Trial.

A judge in Bishkek has barred former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev from being present at his high-profile trial after the ex-leader of the Central Asian nation refused to sit together with other defendants in the courtroom’s caged area.

Putin Sets July 1 As Date For Constitutional Vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set July 1 as the date for Russians to vote on constitutional changes that make it possible for him to remain in power until 2036.

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Lukashenka Warns No 'Maidan' Following Mass Rallies Supporting Opposition.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has openly warned that there will be no "Maidan" following mass rallies in Minsk and other towns and cities supporting potential opposition presidential candidates.

COVID-19: Restrictions Begin Easing In Moscow

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

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.


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.


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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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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Former Tehran Mayor Becomes Speaker Of Parliament

Iran’s new hard-line-controlled parliament has elected former Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, who served as air force commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), as its speaker for one year. 

Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office Drops Graft Probe Into Former Ruling Party Official.

The Bulgarian Prosecutor-General’s Office has terminated a 14-month investigation into how Tsvetan Tsvetanov, the former deputy chairman of the GERB ruling party, acquired a luxury apartment in the capital, Sofia. 

Scientists Warn 'Zombie Fires' In The Arctic May Signal Return Of Massive Blazes.

Scientists say they have discovered strong signals of a reigniting of the fires that raged across the Arctic following an unusually warm spring.

Kazakh Parliament's Upper Chamber Approves Bill On 'Parliamentary Opposition'.

Kazakh parliament's upper chamber, the Senate, has approved a draft law introducing the concept of an opposition, legislation that has been dubbed in the media as the “parliamentary opposition” bill and harshly criticized as misleading by the tigh...

Seven Afghan Troops Killed In First 'Taliban Attack' Since End Of Cease-Fire.

Seven Afghan soldiers have been killed in an attack in the northern Parwan province that officials blamed on the Taliban -- the first deadly incident since a three-day cease-fire ended.

As Deadline Passes, Afghan Cease-Fire Appears To Be Holding.

Even though calls for the Taliban to prolong a cease-fire with the Afghan government have gone unanswered so far, there have been no signs of renewed fighting and the militants say they will release more prisoners.

COVID-19: Moscow Offers Free Antibodies Tests For Residents.

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

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