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RFE/RL in the Media
# FoxNews cites Daisy Sindelar's reporting on the Miss Uzbekistan mystery
# Khadija Ismayilova and Nushabe Fatullayeva, of RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service, are finalists for the Global Shining Light Award, following their coverage of the business dealings of President Aliyev's daughters
Syria
# FoxNews and Dennis Kucinich interview Assad
# The mystery reporter behind the accusations of rebel chemical weapons use
# Russia turns to Mother Agnes on chemical weapons
# A week after Putin writes of primacy of UN, Moscow dismisses UN report on weapons
# Credible allegations of 14 chemical attacks since 2014 by both Assad regime and rebels
# "The Syria Deal Has a Hint of Munich" - Bernard-Henri Levy, "The Wall Street Journal"
Iran
# In first interview as President, Rohani tells NBC Iran will never seek nuclear weapons
# Iran frees prominent political prisoners ahead of Rohani UN visit
# Former spokesman from Iran nuclear negotiating team says U.S. has to drop the stick
# Multimedia Longread: "Iran Surprises Itself and the World" - Suzanne Malone, Brookings
Russia
# Russian site eyed for chemical weapons destruction
# Russia Today's interesting use of sourcing
# "Russia's Orthodox Awakening" - Nadieszda Kizenko, "Foreign Affairs"
# Poll: For first time in 15 years, more Americans see Russia as an enemy
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Taliban Kill Election Official, Then Brag on Twitter" Rod Nordland and Jawad Sukhanyar, "The New York Times"
# Talks over Taliban talks "back to square one"
Eastern Europe
# "Mining: Gone to Potash" - Courtney Weaver, Charles Clover and Jan Cienski, "Financial Times"
# "If you’ve ever wanted to help welcome a Little League team from Moldova to Winston-Salem, now is your chance."
# Short film, starring Jude Law, by Belarus Free Theatre
Caucasus
# Cave discovery in Caucasus may point to neanderthals eating salmon
# Armenia divided by choice between Russia and Europe
# In Azerbaijan, prominent opposition journalist arrested a month before the election
Central Asia
# Tajikistan Parliament likely to extend Russian lease on base
Of Interest
# Tom Friedman met someone with pink hair outside a conference in Switzerland
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