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The Rundown -- July 30


RFE/RL in the Media
# Business Insider cites Tom Balmforth's report on efforts to brand certain governments "aggressor countries"
# CNN, affiliate, use Iraqi Service video of Christian march in Dohuk
Russia
# New sanctions: Here's where they'll hurt; but still plenty of loopholes
# Russia considering ban on EU fruit imports
# "Putin's Ukraine Unreality Show" - Arkady Ostrovsky, "Wall Street Journal"
Ukraine
# Shaun Walker meets Igor Bezler, who threatens to execute him
# Ukraine fighting closing in on Donetsk
# 17 Horlivka hostages reportedly released
# CNN video: Ukraine has fired ballistic missiles at rebels
Eastern Europe
# Belarus considers ban on Ukrainian beef and dairy
# The Belarusians fighting on both sides of the Ukraine conflict
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Suicide bomber kills Hamid Karzai's cousin
# State Department report says Pakistan not punishing attackers of religious minorities
# Free of the Taliban, Pakistan’s Pashtun poets revive their craft
Iran
# Khamenei calls for Muslims around the world to help arm Gaza
# Why Iran fears an independent Kurdistan
Iraq
# Militants reportedly hold mass execution in Tikrit
# U.S. plans largest ever sale of Hellfire missiles to Iraq
Central Asia
# Turkmenistan joins list of world's worst religious freedom violators
# How strong is the Islamic movement of Uzbekistan?
# Would Turkey consider free trade agreement with Eurasian Union?
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan to buy Russian Yak-130 combat trainers
Of Interest
# The British PR firms spinning stories for dictators
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