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The Rundown -- January 9

RFE/RL in the Media

# UPI cites RFE/RL Kyrgyz Service for reporting on alleged extremist detained in Kyrgyzstan
# RFE/RL Russian Service reporter Andrei Babitsky quoted in "Toronto Star" article about Doku Umarov
# Interfax cites RFE/RL on Ukrainians qualifying for Mars trip
# Golnaz Esfandiari in "The Atlantic" on 50 Iranians who are asked one question
# Czech Republic honors army dog with buffalo bone and leather collar
# "The Trouble With the Afghanistan Blame Game" - Spencer Ackerman, "Guardian"
# Saudi Arabia and Pakistan pledge cooperation
# Iran MP says nuclear weapon necessary to "put Israel in its place"
# Remembering the visit of "Iran's Hemingway" to Israel in the 1960s
# New details on how U.S. and Iran opened direct talks
# In "Foreign Affairs," it's time to attack and not time to attack Iran
# "What Iran Wants in 2014" - Hassan Rohani, Project Syndicate
# Iraq "haunts Obama"
# Former U.S. soldiers who fought in Fallujah call recent events "disheartening"
# Russia's growing influence in the Middle East
# On Kaliningrad-Gdansk shopping trips
# Russia vetoes UN resolution on Syria air raids in Aleppo
# Klitschko says Ukraine must "change or be destroyed"
# U.S. Senate pass resolution urging Ukraine authorities to refrain from using force
# Ukraine's Orthodox Church leader denounces Kirill
Central Asia
# Protestants in Kazakhstan fined for "extremist literature"
# Turkmenistan dictator plays synthesizer to ring in new year
Of Interest
# Explaining "New York Times" redesign