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The Rundown -- December 1


Voters head to the polls in Moldova.

Voters head to the polls in Moldova.

RFE/RL in the Media
# RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service reporter briefly detained and questioned by police
# "Jerusalem Post" quotes piece by Golnaz Esfandiari about protests in Iran
# Sputnik cites RFE/RL's "Under the Black Flag" blog
# BBC cites the RFE/RL Azerbaijani Service Facebook page in story on mascots for the European Games
# 26 years ago the Soviet Union stopped jamming RFE/RL broadcasts for the first time in 30 years, according to UPI
Moldova
# Pro-Russian parties edge ahead in vote, with European integration on the line
Russia
# Thousands protest against healthcare cuts
# Picasso painting from Hermitage allegedly offered as kickback to secure Russia World Cup bid
# Anne Applebaum reviews "Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?"
# "Russia Is Losing the Battle Against HIV" - Cesar Chelala, "Moscow Times"
Ukraine
# "Spiegel" timeline on how the "EU lost Russia over Ukraine"
# Russia sends another "aid convoy" to Ukraine
# The daily struggles of Donetsk residents
Iraq/Syria
# Raqqa is the new target for coalition airstrikes; a civilian "nightmare"
# IS creating junk food economy with demand for Snickers, Pringles and Red Bull
Iran
# Gulf states launch joint command to counter IS, Iran
# Khamenei says armed forces will build up 'irrespective' of diplomacy
# "Guardian" on Iran negotiations: They may doomed, but it's the best chance for a peaceful resolution
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "America, Don't Give Up on Afghanistan" - Paul D. Miller, "New Republic"
# "The Taliban's Psychiatrist" - Tahir Qadiry, BBC
# Kabul police chief quits after South African family dies in Taliban attack
# Pakistan and Iran's border stress
Of Interest
# "New Yorker" profiles Angela Merkel
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