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The Rundown -- December 17

RFE/RL in the Media
# "New Yorker" and "Atlantic" quote RFE/RL Radio Mashaal reporting from scene of Pakistan attack; Vice, Fox and Yahoo use video
# Yahoo uses RFE/RL Russian Service interviews from streets of Moscow
# International Business Times cites RFE/RL reporting on Ukraine crisis
# RFE/RL Belarusian Service cited in BBC for draft Gandalf campaign
# Buzzfeed ruble meme breakdown uses cartoon from RFE/RL Ukrainian Service
# Most deadly terror attack in Pakistan's history leaves 145 dead
# "The real reasons" for the attack
# Before attack, security situation had improved slightly compared to other years
# Who are the Pakistani Taliban?
# Afghan Taliban condemns
# "U.S. May Get Dragged Into Pakistan’s New War" - Josh Rogin and Eli Lake, Bloomberg View
# Ruble continues rise despite interest rate increase
# Central Bank chief says Russians should get used to a new way of life
# How the ruble collapse could shift power in Russia
# Lavrov says degree of autonomy for Donetsk and Luhansk should be determined by Ukrainians
# Amnesty: Humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine sliding toward disaster
# Obama to sign Ukraine support bill, which includes new Russia sanctions
Eastern Europe
# Lukashenka asks Russia to "clarify" some things
# Iraqi government stops payment of "ghost soldiers"
# IS releases photos of mass execution of Sunni tribal fighters
# IS destroys at least six border control stations on Jordan-Iraq border
# IS selling antiquities to Western collectors
# EU looking to Iran and Russia to help end Syrian civil war
# Saudi Arabia reportedly demands Hamas end rapprochement with Iran
Central Asia
# "Kazakhstan’s Illusion of Progress" - Belen Fernandez, Al Jazeera
# Once ignored, Kosovo exits sports limbo