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  • Lens Blog: In Israel, Migrants Find a Home, Through Running
    A team of young runners includes migrants from Eritrea, Sudan, Nigeria, Russia and Ukraine. Hebrew is their shared language.
    Tamir Kalifa.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:12:16 GMT.
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  • Poland bars Putin-backed bikers
    Poland refuses entry to Putin-supported biker group Night Wolves, saying it cannot ensure security for the gang on its WW2 commemorative ride.
    BBC News.  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:16:27 GMT.
  • Russia 'Indignant' Over Poland's Ban On Pro-Putin Bikers
    The Russian Foreign Ministry says it has protested Poland's decision to refuse entry to a group of Russian motorcyclists on a tour it says is meant to commemorate Soviet war victories during World War II.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:11:17 +0000.
  • Putin Aims to Destabilize Ukraine, Former US Envoy Says
    A former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine says recent military moves by Russia show that President Vladimir Putin's "minimal goal is to destabilize the current government" in Ukraine. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:39:05 -0400.
  • World Briefing: Poland Bars Russia’s Night Wolves Motorcycle Club
    The Polish Foreign Ministry said it had received scant information on the Night Wolves, a group with ties to Vladimir V. Putin, before a ride from Moscow to Berlin.
    Rick Lyman.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:38:14 GMT.
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  • Dutch expert fired after showing MH17 victim photos
    A Dutch expert helping to identify victims from last year’s MH17 airliner crash in Ukraine has been fired after showing photographs of the dead at a public lecture, the government said on April 23
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:41:00 +0200.
  • VIDEO: 'Constant barrage of mortars' in Ukraine
    The BBC's Tom Burridge reports from Shyrokyne in east Ukraine, where he hears a "constant barrage" of mortars from pro-Russian troops despite the ceasefire agreement.
    BBC News.  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:24:39 GMT.
  • Pentagon: Russian Claims of US Military Trainers in E. Ukraine ‘Ridiculous’
    The U.S. Defense Department has dismissed as “ridiculous” and “propaganda” comments by a Russian military official that American troops are training Ukrainian soldiers in the conflict zone in Ukraine’s east. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:20:10 -0400.
  • ENVIRONMENT: Poland needs a strategy for moving to a lower-emission economy
    Poland has combined robust economic growth with reducing some of the pressures on its environment since it joined the EU in 2004. It has also brought environmental laws closer to European norms. ...
    OECD.  Acquired Thu, 23 Apr 2015.
  • 'Couldn't imagine' Jews surviving Auschwitz, former SS camp guard tells trial
    A former Auschwitz guard being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder has testified that it was clear to him Jews were not expected to leave the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland alive.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:15:00 EDT.
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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