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COVID-19: One Iranian ‘Dying Every 10 Minutes’; Romania Urges Expats To Stay Away

The global coronavirus pandemic has infected more than 230,000 people worldwide, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness. Here's a roundup of developments in RFE/RL's broadcast countries. Iran The death toll from the coronavirus in Iran continues to rise as …

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LAUDIUM AND SURROUNDS ARE AGAIN WITHOUT WATER: RESIDENTS ARE FED-UP AND ARE PLANNING A PICKET, CONSIDERING LEGAL ACTION

Residents of Laudium, Claudius, Iterileng and surrounding areas are again furious - taps ran dry this morning, for the second time in two weeks. Ward 61 councillor, Farouk Essop, said: “We are really fed-up. Enough is enough. The Laudium reservoir is empty and I’m not told why. “Laudium has been …

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‘Not A Spy In The Traditional Sense:’ How The Butina Case Lifted The Lid On Alleged Russian Operations

WASHINGTON -- In the lexicon of U.S. counterintelligence, it's called "spot and assess," "access agents," and "backchannels." According to U.S. prosecutors, it's also what Maria Butina, a now 30-year-old Russian graduate student, was doing during her time in United States. "Butina was not a spy in the traditional sense of …

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Xi Seeks To Reassure Critics Over $1 Trillion Belt And Road Project

Chinese President Xi Jinping says his plan to recreate the old Silk Road is designed to increase and enhance international trade cooperation, as he bid to reassure critics of the $1 trillion infrastructure project.Xi also told attendees at his Belt and Road Forum on April 26 that Beijing would eliminate anticompetitive subsidies …

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Putin To Brief China On Kim Talks, Says Willing To Share Details With U.S. As Well

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Beijing to brief Chinese leaders on his just-concluded summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said he is also willing to share details of the talks with the United States.North Korean state media on April 26, meanwhile, reported that Kim had invited …

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‘Abdul Does Not Celebrate Norouz’: Anti-Norouz Campaign Prompts Backlash In Afghanistan

An online campaign in Afghanistan calling for the boycott of the ancient festival of Norouz has prompted a backlash among many Afghans, who have vented their exasperation at the growing influence of fundamentalist Islamic ideology in the war-torn country. Heralding the arrival of spring, the pre-Islamic Persian new year celebration …

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German Chancellor Merkel Fails To Form Coalition, Amid Talk Of New Elections

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has failed to form a three-way coalition with her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), the Greens, and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), bringing up the possibility of new parliamentary elections. On November 20, Christian Lindner, head of the FDP, said negotiations had collapsed due to a failure …

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U.S. General In Afghanistan Sets Goal To Drive Taliban To ‘Irrelevance’

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan has announced a two-year plan to drive back the Taliban and help Afghan security forces take control of at least 80 percent of the country, compared to the less than two-thirds they control now. General John Nicholson said the aim was to drive back …

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Trump Says U.S. Will Declare North Korea A State Sponsor Of Terror

President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The code has been copied to your cli Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a …

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Hague Court Seeks To Investigate Alleged War Crimes By Taliban, CIA In Afghanistan

The International Criminal Court has announced that it is seeking authority to investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan, including allegations involving the U.S. military, CIA, Afghan security forces, and Taliban militants. The request on November 20 marks the first time that The Hague court's lead prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has targeted …

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