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  • Russia Claims New Radar Data Shows Rebels Didn't Down MH17
    The Russian Defense Ministry has released new radar data it says shows the missile that downed a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 was not fired from territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:39:51 +0000.
  • Oldest man in the world prepares to celebrate bar mitzvah he missed as a boy
    It's a celebration that usually happens when a Jewish boy turns 13, but Yisrael Kristal never had a chance to have a bar mitzvah when he turned that age in Poland during the First World War, so he's having one 100 years later.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:00:00 EDT.
  • After striking murky gas deal, Ukraine bows to West
    The scandal was complex but its outcome potentially simple -- Ukraine tried to fiddle with its murky gas sector and upset its EU partners enough to freeze huge sums of financial help. ...
    Yahoo.  Sun, 25 Sep 2016 02:12:02 -0400.
  • Hungary PM suggests giant migrant city in Libya
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the European Union should set up a giant camp to process migrants before they reach Europe.
    BBC News.  Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:21:46 GMT.
  • Three arrested over Poplar 'chicken shop row' murder
    Three people are arrested over the death of a Czech man following an altercation at a fried chicken shop in east London.
    BBC News.  Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:01:09 GMT.
  • Prospects Dim for 2016 EU-US Trade Deal
    European Union trade ministers meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia, made it clear Friday that there was little chance of concluding faltering talks with the United States before President Barack Obama leaves office. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:47:22 -0400.
  • Ukraine Says Peace Process at Risk Without EU Sanctions
    Loosening the European Union's economic sanctions on Russia would wreck the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, because the measures are the West's only leverage over Moscow, Kyiv's deputy foreign minister said on Friday. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:59:26 -0400.
  • What in the World: In a Lab in Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl
    Hit it with a laser, and a polymer strip at the University of Warsaw will start wriggling like a caterpillar, part of a new class of “soft robots.”
    Rick Lyman.  New York Times.  Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:00:00 GMT.
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  • Ukraine sees economic cooperation with China as priority: official
    Ukraine gives priority to developing its economic cooperation with China and wants to further strengthen bilateral trade and investment ties, a senior Ukrainian government official said on Wednesday.
    Xinhua.  2016-09-22.
  • Stork with GPS shot in Turkey
    A white stork, which was freed in Slovakia after a GPS tracker was attached to it, has died in the southern province of Mersin
    Hurriyet.  Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:08:00 +0200.
Czech map, showing Prague, its capital city, as well as other cities in the Czech Republic
Poland map, showing Warsaw, the capital city of Poland, and parts of adjoining eastern European nations
Ukraine map, showing Kiev, its capital city, and other Ukrainian cities

Facts About Eastern Europe

Eastern European States include Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Moldova as well as Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and Ukraine.  The government websites listed below provide official news and travel information about each of these Eastern Europe countries.

The Republic of Belarus' capital city is Minsk, and its national currency is the Belorusian Rouble.  Belorusian and Russian are the primary languages used in Belarus, and in 2007, the population of Belarus was estimated at 9,725,000.

The Czech Republic's capital city is Prague, and its national currency is the Koruna.  Czech is the nation's official language, and in 2007, the Czech Republic's estimated population was 10,229,000.

The Republic of Hungary's capital city is Budapest, and its currency is the Forint.  Magyar is the primary language used by Hungarians, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 9,956,000.

The Republic of Moldova's capital city is Chisinau, and its currency is the Leu.  Moldovan's official language is Moldovan, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 4,329,000.

The Republic of Poland's capital city is Warsaw, and its currency is the Zloty.  The primary language used in Poland is Polish, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 38,518,000.

Romania's capital city is Bucharest, and its national currency is the Leu.  Romania's official language is Romanian, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 22,276,000.

The Slovak Republic's capital city is Bratislava, and its currency is the Koruna.  Slovakia's official language is Slovak, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 5,448,000.

Ukraine's capital city is Kiev, and its currency is the Hryvnia.  Ukrainian and Russian are Ukraine's primary languages, and in 2007, the country's estimated population was 46,300,000.

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