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The Rundown -- January 12

RFE/RL in the Media

# New York Times editorial on Azerbaijan's crackdown calls for tougher Western response
# Azerbaijan government "critic" writes in Washington Post letter that RFE/RL "has abandoned its principles of objective journalism"
# Independent cites RFE/RL Azerbaijani service's reporting on brutal attack on journalist
# Carl Schreck's reporting on new restrictions against some LGBT drivers cited in Washington Post, Daily News and Carscoops
# Kazakhstan summit now unlikely to take place as conflict escalates again
# Stoltenberg says "fewer clashes" in general in eastern Ukraine
# More than $1 billion in real estate assets have been seized by Crimean government
# New report by Germany investigative group claims it proves Russian-operated Buk shot down MH17
# Leviathan wins Golden Globe
# Former rebel leaders in Russia now call Novorossia a fantasy
# Iraq PM says country may need three years to restructure and rebuild military
# U.S. Joint Chiefs chair says Iran role in Iraq might be positive
# Kerry and Zarif reportedly exploring ways to speed up nuclear talks
# Geneva nuclear talks to test Iran's flexibility
# Rally in support of Paris attackers in southern Afghanistan
# Afghan experts pin little hope on Pashtun Pakistani officials' Kabul tour
# "Islamic State Adds to Terror In Afghanistan" - Margerita Stancati and Habib Khan Totakhil, Wall Street Journal
# Ex-Pakistan Taliban members join IS group, behead man
# Serbian PM accuses EU of backing anti-government media
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan sends $400,000 in humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine
# Ethnic-Russian in Kazakhstan charged with "inciting ethnic hatred" for Facebook posts
Of Interest
# To be a French Jew/Muslim