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The Rundown -- January 15


RFE/RL in the Media
# Guardian reprints RFE/RL's "Letters from Donbas"
# Daily Show cites RFE/RL on Russia's treatment of journalists (5:20)
# International Business Times cites RFE/RL on alleged execution by IS child soldier
Russia
# Russia trying to prosecute those who "deserted" Soviet army during breakup of USSR
# EU not happy with Russian plan to move gas route to Turkey
# Mogherini seen as proposing "business as usual" with Russia
# Kadyrov explained in 19 Instagram posts
Ukraine
# Poroshenko orders partial mobilization; Kyiv says new round of peace talks to come soon
# Could trauma in France and Ukraine lead to "European reawakening?"
Iraq/Syria
# IS gaining ground in Syria despite U.S. strikes
# Saudi Arabia building "great wall" along border with Iraq
# Iraq says U.S. not doing enough to fight IS
# Why IS used a child soldier for an execution video
Iran
# Detained Washington Post journalist reportedly indicted; tells mother he needs a "head doctor"
# Congress to push ahead with Iran sanctions
# "How Foreign Policy Hawks Empowered Iran" - Colin Friedersdorg, Atlantic
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# China exploring roll of "peacemaker" in Afghanistan
# "Afghanistan: Taliban in Transition?" - Colin Cookman, USIP
# Prayer service held in Peshawar for Kouachi brothers
# Pakistani schoolboys' heartbreaking before and after photos
Caucasus
# Thousands protest in Armenia after killing by Russian soldier
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