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Serbian MPs praise journalist attacks

15 June 2017 · Serbia
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Protesters on the day of Aleksandar Vučić‘s inauguration as President of Serbia. Image: Insajder / Facebook

A number of MPs from Serbia's ruling Progressive Party have spoken out in support of attacks on reporters during the presidential swearing in of Aleksandar Vučić on 31 May.

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Statue of singer-turned-politician Iosif Kobzon to be installed in Siberia

15 June 2017 · Russia
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Statue of Iosif Kobzon in Donetsk erected in 2003. Image: Dmitriy Nushtaev under a CC licence

A bronze statue of controversial Russian singer-turned-politician Iosif Kobzon is to be erected in Siberia, following an announcement that $57,430 (3.3 million rubles) will be allocated for three monuments to “contemporary Russian heroes”.

The district head of eastern Siberia’s Agin-Buryat, Bato Dorzhiev, said that the statues will be erected to mark the commemoration of several of the region’s historic dates to be celebrated this September.

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Croatian startup unveils world’s first mobile hostel

15 June 2017 · Croatia
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  • Video: Nearby - The World’s First Mobile Hostel / Nearby Hostel / Youtube

Following a crowdfunding campaign, Croatian startup Nearby Hostel unveiled the first ever mobile hostel last weekend at the Pannonian Challenge extreme sports event in Osijek.

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Shirting: share Slovenian fashion in London

15 June 2017 · Ljubljana · Slovenia
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Shirt by Urška Hvalica / London. Image: shirting / Facebook

I shirt, you shirt, he shirts, she shirts… “to shirt” isn't used enough as a verb. At least that's what the team behind Slovenian fashion-sharing initiative Shirting thinks.

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Armenian state film studio up for privatisation

15 June 2017 · Armenia
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Still from The Soldier and the Elephant, 1977, dir. Dmitry Kesayants, shot at ArmenFilm

Less than two years after being returned to the state, Armenia's government-owned ArmenFilm studio is on sale once again.

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Oliver Stone under fire after The Putin Interviews airs

15 June 2017 · Russia
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Oliver Stone. Image: Gage Skidmore under a CC licence

Film-maker Oliver Stone has been criticised for “snuggling up to the Russian president” in his recently released, four-hour documentary series, The Putin Interviews. Described as a “wildly irresponsible love letter” to Russia’s president by the Daily Beast and with the New York Times heralding it as providing “flattery, but little scepticism”, Putin’s warning that Stone would suffer for what he has created is coming into sharp focus.

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Katy Perry spotted wearing Georgian label MACH & MACH

14 June 2017 · Tbilisi · Georgia
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In further proof that Georgian designers are reaching new heights of global popularity, Katy Perry has been spotted wearing a silver bejewelled outfit from Gvantsa and Nina Macharashvili’s eponymous clothing label MACH & MACH.

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Follow of the week: cute stick and poke-style tattoos from Poland

14 June 2017 · Katowice · Poland
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If you're partial to cute clothing-clad animals, mermaids and tattoos, look no further. Polish tattoo artist Bianka Szlachta has you(r tattoo plans) covered.

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Estonia to help Jamaica set up the region’s first e-government

14 June 2017 · Tallinn · Estonia
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Jamaica is soon to be the region's first country to have a fully digitised government system, with the help of Estonia's e-Governance Academy, Jamaican prime minister Andrew Holness said in a statement.

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Cowboy culture: Lola Paprocka and Pani Paul in London photo book launch

14 June 2017 · Poland
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Tomorrow Polish-born photographer Lola Paprocka and her partner Pani Paul are launching Ed Forbis, a photo book centring on the iconic 1980s Marlboro cowboy, at London's theprintspace gallery.

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