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The Rundown -- July 3


RFE/RL in the Media
# RFE/RL mentioned in "New York Times" article on dispute between VOA journalists and union
# Read Merkhat Sharipzhan in "Moscow Times" on Russia's pressure on neighbors
# CPJ quotes RFE/RL on Politkovskaya case
Russia
# Russia warns U.S. against more support for Syrian opposition
# Russia softens stance on Bitcoin
# Russia vetoes House of Cards shooting at Security Council
# Russian biker gang attack -- watch until the end
Ukraine
# As Kyiv makes gains rebel leaders agree to cease-fire talks
# Who's who in the "DPR"
# "Wake up, Ukrainians, and Reconsider Your Struggle" - Maciej Bartkowski, "Kyiv Post"
Eastern Europe
# Moscow seeks closer ties with Transdniester after Moldova EU deal
Iraq
# Maliki offers general amnesty
# "The Caliphate Fantasy" - Khaled Diab, "New York Times"
# Ankara no longer resistant to a Kurdish state on its border
# "The 'Sons of Iraq,' Abandoned by Their American Allies" - Philip Dermer, "Wall Street Journal"
# How Iraq's military can bounce back
# Water supply key to outcome in Iraq and Syria
Iran
# Profile of Qassem Suleimani, the "modern day Karla"
# Zarif posts "defiant" YouTube message to the West on negotiations
# Oil risk flares in Iran nuclear talks
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# The "good news" from Afghanistan
# "Afghanistan is Not Iraq -- For Now" - Rob Crilly, "The Telegraph"
# Pakistan approves sweeping anti-terror bill
# Where have Pakistan's militants gone?
# Pakistan's only brewery is coming to the United States
Central Asia
# "What Central Asia Taught America about Geopolitics" - Scott Radnitz, "National Interest"
# "From Central Asia to Moscow, Riding the Bribery Express" - Konstantin Salomatin, Eurasianet
Of Interest
# Quiz: Can you tell what makes a good Tweet?
# "Guardian" articles being hidden by Google in Europe
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