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Without a Social Security number and U.S.-issued photo ID, you can’t get basic utilities in cities across the South. Denying services to residents who lack government-issued IDs is a common practice in small Southern cities. Emilio (not his real name), who is in his fifties, has lived in this former textile town for more than two […]

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Crimean Tatars Detained After Russian Raids

March 27, 2019           |                                       

Crimean Tatars confronted Russian security forces as homes were searched in and around the city of Simferopol. Twenty people were detained in what Russian officials said was a sweep for suspects of a banned Islamic group. But many believe Crimean Tatars have been targeted for speaking out against Russian rule in the peninsula annexed from […]

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Anger builds over GM plant closures and layoffs By Tom Hall 25 March 2019 Opposition to General Motors plans to close five plants in the US and Canada and destroy nearly 15,000 jobs is continuing to grow. The plant closures will have a devastating impact on surrounding working-class communities with the loss of thousands of […]

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Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb To Six Years In Prison

March 22, 2019           |                                       

A Russian court has sentenced 20-year-old Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb to six years in prison on a charge of “promoting terrorism,” which he denies. After the North Caucasus Regional Court in the city of Rostov-on-Don pronounced the verdict and sentence on March 21, Hryb maintained his innocence and announced he was starting a hunger strike […]

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Days after last year’s Carnival ended, then-Brazilian President Michel Temer ordered the military to take control of public security in Rio De Janeiro. This year, Jair Bolsonaro, a fervent believer in military force in the face of lawlessness, tweeted “o que é golden shower?” First as tragedy, then as farce. The tweet came on the […]

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Police Detain Suspected Attackers Of Migrants In Russia's Sakha-Yakutia Region

March 20, 2019           |                                       

YAKUTSK, Russia — Police in Russia’s Sakha-Yakutia region in the Far East have detained a group of local people suspected of attacking migrants from Central Asia following a series of protests sparked after a Kyrgyz national was arrested for allegedly raping a local woman. Police in the regional capital, Yakutsk, did not tell RFE/RL on […]

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Democrats Choose Milwaukee for Convention, Citing Party Values

March 12, 2019           |                                       

MILWAUKEE—Milwaukee will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, party leaders announced Monday, highlighting the battleground state of Wisconsin that helped elect President Donald Trump and now will launch an opponent who could oust him. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez chose Milwaukee over Houston and Miami after deliberations lingered longer than party leaders or officials […]

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Russia Jails Man For 18 Years On Terrorism Charges

March 5, 2019           |                                       

A court in Russia has sentenced a man from the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria to 18 years in prison on terrorism charges. The North Caucasus Regional Military Court in the city of Rostov-on-Don on March 5 found Vladislav Khokhlachyov guilty of “banditry” and plotting to carry out a terrorist attack in the region. The […]

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Britain's May Visits Salisbury On First Anniversary Of Novichok Poisoning

March 4, 2019           |                                       

British Prime Minister Theresa May has visited Salisbury a year after a nerve-agent attack against a former Russian spy in the English city. During her March 4 visit, May called the anniversary “an important milestone for Salisbury as it emerges from the shadow cast by the use of chemical weapons.” She also praised the “spirit […]

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