Criminal gangs are hiring local people in northwestern Ukraine to mine amber illegally. Potential profits run into millions of euros; potential damage to the environment is immeasurable. Local and federal authorities turn a blind eye
Several people named in murdered Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak's final article have been detained by police. Kuciak's investigative article alleged links between the Slovak government and the Italian Mafia.
Illegal amber mining in Ukraine is a lucrative business for criminal gangs but its environmental impact can be devastating. Environmentalist Dmytro Leontijuk is fighting to end this illicit industry.
Ukrainian public enemy no. 1 wants to stir up the country's political system: Mikheil Saakashvili, former Georgian president and ex-governor of Odessa, plans a spectacular return to Kyiv — at all costs.
In his message for Easter Sunday, Pope Francis described the Aleppo bomb blast which left 112 people dead as "ignoble." He spoke in favor of those helping the civilian population and the victims of the Syrian war.
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