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The Rundown -- January 17


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# "Wall Street Journal" cites Golnaz Esfandiari's report on Iranian Intelligence Minister's aversion to corruption allegations
Middle East
# Egypt Constitution set to win 95 percent of vote
# Khaled Fahmy compares Egypt to North Korea
# Kerry urges Syria opposition to attend peace talks
Iran
# House shelves Iran sanctions vote
# Iran's top nuclear negotiator says country can resume 20 percent enrichment in one day
# An interview with Bill Burns, who led secret negotiations with Iran last year
# Iran bans wildly popular messaging app
# Zarif says oil-for-food deal not on agenda in Moscow
# Photos: Iranian Youth: "Inside and out"
Iraq
# Iraq's security forces scrutinized
# How will Iraq play out in 2016?
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan seeks help in drug fight
# Former Taliban officials opening schools in Afghanistan
# "Keep Foreign Troops in Afghanistan" - Graeme Smith, "New York Times"
# Musharraf lawyer says he needs treatment in the U.S.
# Gates says Musharraf refused to act against Al-Qaeda
Russia
# Russia criticized for lack of Syria humanitarian assistance
# A profile of opposition politician Evgeny Roizman -- The next Yeltsin?
# Mark Ames on Snowden joining the Freedom of the Press Foundation Board
Eastern Europe
# Ukraine parliament passes sweeping anti-opposition laws
# "Welcome to Little Russia" - Katya Gorchinskaya, "Kyiv Post"
# EU and Russia in war of words over Transnistria
Caucasus
# "On Armenian Genocide Politics in Europe, Canada, Armenia and the UN" - Harut Sassounian, The Armenian Reporter
# "Azerbaijan: President Aliyev as Lady Justice" - Shahla Sultanova, Eurasianet
Central Asia
# "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Googoosha" - Natalia Antelava, BBC
# Snow leopards filmed in Uzbekistan for the first time
# "Kazakhstan Eyes Its 'Cannabis Klondike'"
Of Interest
# The weirdest deodorant commercial you will ever see
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