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RFE/RL's "Must Read" Roster: Uzbek Unsavoriness, Support for Teen Taliban Foe, Europe's First Hijab-Wearing Mayor, and more


Pakistani students shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Quetta, 11Oct2012

Pakistani students shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Quetta, 11Oct2012

Original RFE/RL reporting from the last 24 hours worth your read:

# UZBEKISTAN - New documents uncovered in France by Swedish journalists link Gulnara Karimova, the millionaire daughter of autocratic Uzbek President Islam Karimov, with an Uzbek citizen under investigation for money laundering and other financial crimes in Switzerland and Sweden. Correspondents Farruh Yusupov and Daisy Sindelar report.

# PAKISTAN - By trying to silence 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai with a gun, the Pakistani Taliban has inadvertently created an international icon for girls' rights. That became clear today as activists and organizations around the world marked the first "International Day of The Girl Child." Correspondent Ron Synovitz reports. (See also the Gandhara blog report by Malali Bashir on the worldwide support for the teen heroine.)

# BOSNIA - With her victory as "Europe's first hijab-wearing mayor" being hailed from Iran to Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, the headscarf worn by Amra Babic, the newly elected mayor of the central Bosnian town of Visoko, serves as a symbol of tolerance and a victory for Bosnian women. Web Editor Andy Heil reports.

# GEORGIA - There was a time, not long ago, when Russia reportedly had a lot of sway over who was named to head Georgia's "power ministers" - defense, interior, security, and foreign affairs. Mikheil Saakashvili put an end to all that back in 2003 -- and the result was a dramatic deterioration in relations with Moscow. Newly nominated Prime Minister-designate Bidzina Ivanishvili has said he will seek to improve relations with Russia yet maintain Saakashvili's pro-Western policy. Can Ivanishvili find the middle path between confrontation and capitulation? What do his cabinet choices say about his strategy? Correspondent Robert Coalson reports.

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