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Controversy over an explosion in the Caspian sea

A July 4 explosion in the Caspian Sea caught international attention. According to officials, the blast was caused by an underwater mud volcano. No casualties were reported. 

Tbilisi Pride march canceled amid violent attacks

March for Dignity, a Pride March organized in Tbilisi was cancelled by the organizers amid violence and attacks against the organizers of the event and journalists.

Protests in front of Czech embassy in North Macedonia target anti-Roma racism and police brutality

The event also evoked the memory of a local case involving the beating of ethnic Roma citizens by police in September 2020.

Turkey moves to ban pro-Kurdish political party

The 843-page indictment was first filed by the chief prosecutor of Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals in March 2021, accusing the party of collaborating with the outlawed Kurdistan Worker's Party militant...

Where are the voices of Central Asian and Russian Uyghurs?

Why are small communities of Uyghurs in Western countries more active in pursuing justice for their counterparts in China than the large populations of this Muslim minority in Central Asia?

Armenia and Azerbaijan exchange detainees and critical information in breakthrough diplomatic deal

The deal was brokered by the US, Europe and Georgia was hailed as a "first step towards renewing confidence."

Belarus bans foreign travel for citizens, EU closes airspace to Belarusian flights

Most Belarusians, including many foreign residency permit holders, have been temporarily banned from going abroad, while new EU air space restrictions further narrow travel options to and from Belarus.

Belarus grounds Ryanair flight, detains independent journalist amid regime's crackdown on media

Pratasevich was formerly an administrator of NEXTA-Live, the Telegram channel covering the anti-government protests in Belarus. He is currently editor-in-chief of Belarus Golovnogo Mozga, another independent media outlet.

Czech-Russian relations hit new low after Prague accuses Moscow of ‘state-sponsored terrorism’

On April 17, the Czech government announced it would expel 18 Russian diplomats, following revelations by its intelligence agency that Russian agents played a role in the 2014 explosions at...

Russian authorities crack down on student journalism outlet over protest explainer video

Supporters of DOXA journal have called the charges against its editors "preposterous" and demanded that "all harassment of students immediately cease."

Serbian freelancers protest new taxation law that threatens to push thousands into poverty

Told for years that their line of work was not regulated by law and had no framework for taxation, digital workers are now expected to pay hefty taxes in retrospect.

‘Explosive eruption confirmed’ at St. Vincent's La Soufrière volcano

"Evacuations have been taking place by both land and sea, with several regional territories, including St. Lucia and Barbados, offering to receive displaced people."

Residents prepare for possible evacuation as St. Vincent's La Soufrière volcano heats up

The head of St. Vincent and the Grenadines' National Emergency Management Office tells residents, "Be ready, get your things in order."

Russian internet regulator Roskomnadzor throttles Twitter loading speeds

Twitter has a small audience in Russia, but more popular platforms such as Facebook and YouTube could also see slower loading speeds if they fail to address state takedown requests.

Bloggers, journalists and creatives in the crosshairs of the Belarusian state

As the space for free expression in Belarus narrows, many journalists and artists who covered the protests are awaiting trial.

Greece #metoo: Rape accusations against prominent actor and National Theater director finally lead to arrest

Amidst a #metoo whirlwind in Greece, prominent Greek actor and director Dimitris Lignadis is finally arrested on rape charges.

Myanmar citizens continue strong opposition to military junta with ‘22222’ general strike

"If we oppose the dictatorship, they might shoot us. But we have to oppose dictatorship. It’s our duty. That’s why so many people are coming out today against them."

Capturing the mood on both sides of the Ukraine-Russia conflict in Donbas

A new survey finds that Donbas citizens hold little trust in state institutions and are divided on the future of the region, but strive for economic stability.

Citizens launch civil disobedience campaign on second day of Myanmar coup

"Than Pone means iron bucket. Than Pone Tee means Playing Iron Buckets. In our tradition, playing Iron Buckets means casting out evil spirits."

What happened in Myanmar on the first day of the coup

"People are disheartened by the news and mostly sharing information about each other’s whereabouts and safety measures. We have all seen this coming but it’s surreal when it actually happens."

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