An Iranian director sentenced to prison in 2010 for antigovernment propaganda has appeared at the Cannes film festival for the screening of a new film about censorship, which he shot in secret in Iran.
Iran's establishment has prepared itself for the June 14 presidential election by upping intelligence-gathering efforts, disrupting the Internet, and launching special units intended to help it prevent the type of mass unrest seen after the 2009 vote.
The author of the new book "Restless Valley: Revolution, Murder and Intrigue in the Heart of Central Asia" is joined by RFE/RL experts for a discussion of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and the challenges the region has faced since the fall of the Soviet Union.
The 5+2 group tasked with negotiating a settlement to Moldova’s breakaway Transdniester region is expected to conclude a second day of talks Friday (May 24) with few, if any, results. The latest talks come as Transdniester has raised alarm in the region with a proposal to move its parliament from Tiraspol across the Dniester River to the historically symbolic city of Bender.