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The Rundown -- October 15


RFE/RL in the Media
# The Advocate cites RFE/RL reporting on gay Russian teen asking for asylum
# Business Recorder reports on Khadija Ismayilova case
Russia
# Russian hackers used a bug in Windows to spy on Western governments
# How Russia could tackle its budget crisis
# Kerry and Lavrov vow cooperation and intelligence sharing on IS
# Massachusetts fringe gubernatorial candidate featured in Russian state-TV anti-gay film
# "How Russia Sees the Ukraine Crisis" - Paul Saunders, "National Interest"
Ukraine
# Far-right protesters clash with police near parliament
# "Welcome to the Bazar World of the Ukrainian Rebels" - Christopher Miller, Mashable
Eastern Europe
# Moscow denounces Moldova's censorship of Russian TV
Iraq/Syria
# Zakaria: Iraq's army has collapsed
# A man frantically tries to save his son from joining IS
# Member of Dutch biker gang fighting alongside Kurds
# "The Unserious Air War Against ISIS" - Mark Gunzinger and John Stillion, "Wall Street Journal"
Iran
# Suleimani photo makeover reveals Iran’s new publicity strategy; a different take
# "New York Times" to offer journalist-led tour of Iran
# Zarif not as optimistic as Rohani on nuclear talks
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Wounded AP reporter vows to return to Afghanistan
# Afghanistan's power-sharing government: "risk and opportunity"
# Pakistan and the U.S. appear to be cooperating on drone strikes again
# Why advocacy-driven reports on drones in Pakistan can be trusted
# Pakistan Taliban leaders pledge allegiance to IS
Of Internet
# How "Time" doubled online readership in a year
# How Austria lost on a great art deal
# What it's like to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia
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