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The Rundown -- April 15

RFE/RL in the Media
# Russian media, including Sputnik in English, on RFE/RL's expanding efforts in Russian (Izvestia in Russian)
# Czech president says he will apologize if he can't prove that former RFE/RL journalist admired Hitler (Prague Post)
# Fighting intensifies in eastern Ukraine
# Canada sending 200 trainers for Ukraine military
# "Decentralize or Perish" - Yuliya Bila, Foreign Policy
# "Ukraine Is Attempting to Wipe Away Its Past" - Georgy Bovt, Moscow Times
# Twerking is very controversial in Russia too
# Iran oversight legislation passes committee unanimously; Obama says he will not veto
# "Two Presidents and the Ayatollah" - Ellie Geranmayeh, Lobeblog
# Video: Thomas Erdbrink speaks to man who leads "Death to America" chants in Tehran
Middle East
# IS escapees describe systematic rape of Yazidi girls in new HRW report
# IS likely to increase kidnappings as oil money dries up
# Iraq has retaken "a quarter" of IS territory since August, says Pentagon
# Al-Qaida's Yemen branch says its top cleric, wanted by the US, has been killed
# Afghan warlord warns of IS rise
# Taliban fighters kill 18, behead eight
# How long can Pakistan stay out of Yemen fight?
Central Asia
# Scientists alarmed at pollution in Central Asia's longest river
Of Interest
# Mobile video is having a moment