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  • VIDEO: 'Nuclear smuggler' police raid filmed
    Attempts by smugglers to sell nuclear material to extremist groups in the Middle East are thwarted by police in Moldova working with the FBI.
    BBC News.  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:02:04 GMT.
  • Belarus 'does not need' Russia air base
    Belarus does not need a Russian air base, President Alexander Lukashenko says, despite growing pressure from Moscow to establish such a facility.
    BBC News.  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:29:04 GMT.
  • Live Blog: Ukraine In Crisis
    Follow all of the latest developments as they happen.
    Radio Liberty.  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 05:28:10 +0000.
  • Arpad Goncz, Hungary’s First Post-Communist President, Dies at 93
    Though his post was largely ceremonial, Mr. Goncz, a playwright and translator, eased his country through a transition with his widespread popularity.
    Margalit Fox.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 07 Oct 2015 03:00:52 GMT.
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  • Gazprom CEO Says Political Crisis In Turkey Won't Hurt Pipeline Deal
    The Russian gas giant is hopeful that the political crisis in Turkey doesn't get any worse and undercut its pipeline alternative to Ukraine.
    By Kenneth Rapoza.  Forbes.  Wed, 7 Oct 2015 01:16:00 GMT.
  • Fiji and Romania Earn First Wins of Rugby World Cup
    Fiji ran in seven tries in a 47-15 win over Uruguay, and Romania earned the biggest comeback win at a World Cup with a 17-15 victory over Canada.
    Reuters.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 21:54:31 GMT.
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  • Roma rights group NEKI wants Air Transat to reimburse rejected passengers
    A Roma rights group in Hungary is demanding several airlines, including Air Transat, pay back nearly 50 passengers it says were prevented from boarding flights to Canada — either because they are ethnic Roma or appeared to be Roma.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Tue, 6 Oct 2015 19:26:19 EDT.
  • East Ukraine Rebels Postpone Local Polls
    Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine agreed on Tuesday to postpone unofficial elections planned for October 18 and November 1 until February 2016, backing off a move that could have derailed a shaky peace deal. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:15:30 -0400.
  • New VW boss in N.A. was a hit in China
    Winfried Vahland, Volkswagen's new North American chief, is a former General Motors executive who won his spurs reviving VW's business in China and later boosting its Skoda subsidiary in the Czech Republic.  Mon, 5 Oct 2015 00:01:00 EST.  Subscription required.
  • Ukraine Peace Talks End on Positive Note
    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Friday that he felt "cautious optimism" following talks in Paris with the Russian, French and German leaders on reviving the peace process for eastern Ukraine. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:47:59 -0400.
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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