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As Anarchy Rules In Eastern Ukraine, Roma And Jews Targeted

In Sloviansk, masked men storm homes of Roma families and agitators blame the Jews.

Soldiers guarding Sloviansk's City Hall on April 21
Soldiers guarding Sloviansk's City Hall on April 21
Julia Smirnova

SLOVIANSK — Pavel is picking up shards of glass in front of his house in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk. The windows are broken. There are bullet holes in the heavy metal door. He and his wife Natalia no longer dare spend the night here. Most of their eight children, 10 grandchildren and other relatives who lived in neighboring houses in this Roma community are gone.

Last Friday after dark, a dozen men came to their houses. Some of them were wearing camouflage uniforms, others civilian clothing and masks, recalls Pavel, who fears giving us his last name.

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Has Lebanese Politics Finally Freed Itself Of Iran's Influence?

Lebanon's recent elections have shrunk the legislative block led by national power-brokers Hezbollah. But will a precarious new majority be able to rid the government of the long shadow of Tehran?

Supporters of pro-Iranian Hezbollah sit in a street decorated with picture of the party chief Hassan Nasrallah

Ahmad Ra'fat

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The results of parliamentary elections in Lebanon, have put an end to the majority block led by Hezbollah, the paramilitary group concocted by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Hezbollah and its Christian allies, the Free Patriotic Movement, led by President Michel Aoun, lost their 71 seats and will now have 62 (of a total 128 seats).

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