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The Rundown -- February 14

RFE/RL in the Media

# Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL reporting on Karzai releasing prisoners
# The Blaze cites RFE/RL on Iran and Hezbollah
# RIA Novosti cites RFE/RL on the postponement of Islam Karimov's trip to Prague
# "The Making of Brand Putin" - Kristen Anderson, Daily Beast
# "Also Cheering at the Olympics: Russian Critics" - Andrew Kramer and Steven Lee Myers, "New York Times"
# IOC seeks "clarification" after sentencing of environmental campaigner
# Amazing video of Russians illegally climbing China's largest building
# Most popular app in Sochi? Tinder
# Police and protesters look to February 17 deadline
# Ukraine protesters fighting back against extremist claims
Eastern Europe
# Belarusian civil campaign to recall Israeli Ambassador after comments on political prisoners
# Tehran building ties with Islamic Jihad and Fatah, isolating Hamas
# Al-Qaeda offshoot releases video of Iran embassy attack
# "Iranian Economy Bouncing Back" - Max Boot, "Commentary"
# Photos: The first female miner (in Persian)
# Escaped inmates from Iraq fuel Syria insurgency
# Militants seize northern Iraqi villages
# Afghanistan follows through with freeing 65 "dangerous" prisoners
# Photos: 25 years of Afghanistan
# Pakistan begins preparing for potential Afghanistan refugee crisis
# "Could Pakistan Become a Sharia State?" - Michael Kugelman, CNN
Central Asia
# Tajikistan's lobbying efforts may have included commissioned commentaries in Forbes
# Tajikistan unhappy with Iranian company's tunnel work
# Turkey says no time to waste in Bosnia crisis
# Former European High Representative blames EU for Bosnia unrest
# Iran backs visa-free regime with Armenia
# Showing of "Nymphomaniac" film cancelled in Yerevan
Of Interest
# On measuring the real impact of news
# Whisper and Secret messaging apps give users privacy social media lacks