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The Rundown -- December 2


RFE/RL in the Media
# Czech TV uses RFE/RL Tajik Service footage of meeting between Czech and Tajik presidents
Russia
# Russia says there will be no South Stream pipeline
# Amid worst day for Ruble since 1998 Kudrin says decline will continue for two years
# The advancing "chill" of the new Cold War
# The lobbyists being hired to fight Russia sanctions in Washington
Ukraine
# Russian and Ukrainian officials agree to truce around Donetsk airport
# Haunting aerial drone footage of Chernobyl
# East Ukraine schools turn to web for education
Eastern Europe
# After close vote, Moldova officials vow to push Europe ties
# Edward Lucas becomes the world's first "e resident"
Iraq/Syria
# Egypt thwarts IS bid to commandeer ship and attack Israel
# Iraq has been paying 50,000 "ghost soldiers"
# Brookings profiles IS
# Video: Targeting IS' black market oil trade
Iran
# Is coalition providing air support for Iran's militias?
# Iran reportedly to turn uranium into reactor fuel under extended deal
# Why Sudan is embracing Iran
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Situation deteriorating steadily in Afghanistan
# International aid agencies call for temporary exit from Afghanistan
# Khan threatens to "shut down" Pakistan
# Investigation into claims Islamic leaders used 1 million in public money for Pakistan school
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan: "The Tyranny You Haven't Heard Of" - Fred Hiatt, "Washington Post"
Balkans
# In depth look at Russian soft power in the Balkans
Of Interest
# Krugman blames Europe's economic problems on Germany
# Encryption is becoming the default
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