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Pope Francis arrived in Georgia on September 30, aiming to extend his outreach campaign to the Orthodox Christian world. The pontiff’s ecumenical message, however, is not an easy sell in Tbilisi.  
An International Monetary Fund official is sounding the alarm over Kyrgyzstan’s rapidly mounting pile of sovereign debt.  
The Carnegie Corporation is striving to catalyze a revival in the study of Russia, giving three grants worth $1 million each to three American universities. The gifts come at a time of rising US-Russian tension and a general decline in Russian and...
NIEUWEGEIN, The Netherlands -- An international criminal investigation into the MH17 tragedy in eastern Ukraine in 2014 has determined the Malaysian Airlines passenger jet was shot down by a Buk antiaircraft missile fired from separatist controlled...
“You get there and the line is so long it can take three to five days. People sleep in front of the factory.”   That’s what a resident of Turkmenistan’s northern Dashoguz Province told RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service, known locally as Azatlyk.  ...
Repression of dissenters in Tajikistan is taking a worrisome turn, with family members inside the Central Asian country facing retribution for the actions of activist relatives abroad.  
Uzbekistan’s interim leader is wasting no time in culling officials and bringing other figures in from the cold.  
Polls have closed in Azerbaijan where voters cast their ballots in a controversial referendum on constitutional amendments.   The Central Election Commission said turnout on September 26 was over 63 percent, surpassing the 25 percent required...
Was Vladimir Zhirinovsky calling for the restoration of the Russian monarchy, commenting on President Vladimir Putin’s enormous power and authoritarian rule, or just pulling another prank?  
Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, has finally acknowledged that the energy-export-dependent country is in the grips of a severe recession. But in a major policy speech, the Azerbaijani leader shifted blame for the fiscal woes from his...