10 From ’20: Our Most Popular Stories Of The Year

A Netflix movie called 6 Underground is about a tech billionaire who tries to take down an evil dictator in a fictional country called Turgistan. The film appears…

A Netflix movie called 6 Underground is about a tech billionaire who tries to take down an evil dictator in a fictional country called Turgistan. The film appears to be inspired by Turkmenistan and its real-life dictator, Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. Read the story by RFE/RL’s Turkmen Service here.

7. U.S. Jet That Crashed In Afghanistan Was No Ordinary ‘Spy Plane’

A U.S. Air Force plane that crashed in Afghanistan in January had been designed to improve combat communications and “battlefield management” after a 2005 U.S. military disaster. It was described as a “very high-value asset” for battlefield management and communications in Afghanistan. Read the story by Ron Synovitz here.

6. Quiz: Can You Survive The Pompeo Challenge? Name These Unmarked Countries

In January, NPR journalist Mary Louise Kelly said that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — apparently angered over some tough questioning — summoned her to his private living room at the State Department in January and challenged her to point to Ukraine on an unmarked map. Kelly — who has a master’s degree in European Studies from Cambridge — said she did. Pompeo later suggested Kelly had pointed to Bangladesh instead. So we thought we’d create a little quiz: How would you fare if you were called on the carpet by Pompeo? Take the Pompeo quiz here and find other RFE/RL quizzes here.

5. Third Russian Doctor Mysteriously Falls From Hospital Window Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The work of a forgotten photographer uncovered in a village attic in Moldova. Read the story by Amos Chapple and view the amazing photographs here.

3. Archaeologists Say ‘Bulgarian Atlantis’ Older Than The Pyramids

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Underwater archaeologists in Bulgaria say they have discovered evidence of a human settlement by the mouth of the Ropotamo River on the Black Sea that could date back to the 5th millennium B.C. The discovery was made by divers from the Center for Underwater Archaeology in Sozopol, who have been studying the area for the last three years. View the video by RFE/RL’s Bulgarian Service above.

2. Belly Of The Beast: Illicit Photos From Inside The Soviet Ekranoplan

A Russian photographer snuck into the world’s only nuclear-capable, ground-effect vehicle and captured rare images of its interior. Read the story by Amos Chapple and see the photos by Lana Sator here.

1. Broken City: Budapest After World War II

Seventy-five years after the end of World War II in Europe, photographs capture the devastation wrought on the Hungarian capital, Budapest, during one of Europe’s most overlooked battles. See the before-and-after slider gallery by Amos Chapple here.


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