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The Rundown -- January 27


Ukraine
# Separatists record scenes tormenting detainees and possible evidence of summary executions
# Economist: This is war and there's no going back
# Ukraine losing war on three fronts
# Putin says "foreign NATO legion" in Ukraine as Russian-backed separatists advance
# U.S. military trainers headed to Ukraine
Russia
# Three men busted in spy ring; Russian state owned media involved, but RT says "definitely not" it
# S&P downgrades Russian credit rating to junk; why it may be the perfect time to invest
# "The Campaign Against Leviathan" - Masha Lipman, New Yorker
Eastern Europe
# Belarus to "de-Russify" schools
Iraq/Syria
# Kurdish militia says it has gained full control over Kobani
# Foreign Affairs interviews Assad
# Iraqi "sleeper cells" said to be helping to fight IS
# Meet the woman IS wants to exchange for a Japanese hostage
Iran
# Ex-CIA officer convicted on all counts of leaking details on efforts to thwart Iran to New York Times reporter
# Argentina's "insane political scandal" explained
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# USAID suspends its largest nonprofit contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan
# IS statement announces expansion to "Khorasan"
# Pakistan's angry middle class
# Following Peshawar massacre, teachers bringing guns to school
# How Pakistan and China are covering Obama's visit to India
Caucasus
Balkans
# Five indicted in Kosovo on terrorism charges
# OSCE condemns attack on journalists covering protest in Kosovo
Of Interest
# Obama's "troubling" allies
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