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The Rundown -- February 4

RFE/RL in the Media

# RT quotes RFE/RL Russian Service interview with Mikhail Kasyanov
# Lots still not yet ready in Sochi
# Hackers attack gay Russian dating app
# Teenage girl punished for spreading gay propaganda
# The Sochi Olympians who have spoken out against the anti-gay law
# Sochi killing stray dogs ahead of Olympics
# Russia defends Damascus over delays in chemical weapons disposal
# Russia's foreign ministry warns protesters against "provocative steps"
# Stalin statue unveiled in Volhynia
# "Don't Let Putin Grab Ukraine" - Timothy Snyder, "New York Times"
Middle East
# Kerry reportedly tells senators administration's Syria policy is failing
# Al-Qaeda breaks ties with ISIS
# Iran begins handing out food relief packages
# Largest winter storm in 50 years blankets northern Iran
# Clinton backs Obama in holding off on Iran sanctions
# Iran press office head at the UN warns in op-ed that Kerry, Obama rhetoric threatens nuclear deal
# At least 23 killed in Iraq car bombings
# Iraq's oil exports dropped in January
# Abdullah Abdullah vows to sign security deal with U.S. if elected
# Karzai in secret talks with the Taliban
# Morale of U.S. troops in Afghanistan improves
# "The Pakistani Taliban's PR Offensive" - Huma Yusuf, "New York Times"
# The potential impact of climate change on Pakistan
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan's "next Tyson"
# Police in Sarajevo criticized for failing to prevent attack on gay film festival
# Protesters demand university dean in Kosovo resign
# "Dozens" killed in Karabakh border clashes
# A diamond scandal in Armenia
Of Interest
# "The Wars Robert Gates Got Wrong" - Jonathan Alter, "New Yorker"