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The Rundown -- April 27

# Putin says U.S. helped North Caucasus separatists against Russia in the early 2000s
# More twerking drama: Russians jailed for twerking in front of World War II memorial
# More servicemen die over weekend as pressure on "ceasefire" continues
# Ukrainian oligarchs face Kyiv government backlash after miner strikes allegedly pushed by Akhmetov
# "De-Communization Won't Help Ukraine" - Mathew Kupfer, Moscow Times
Middle East
# Iraq will export new crude grade in May
# Australian doctor films IS promo video from Syria
# Khamenei criticizes rich kids after deadly car crashes
# Israel, fearing increased arms transfers, shifts focus to Hizballah
# "The Iran Deal That Never Was" - Gideon Rachman, Financial Times
# Taliban kill second police chief from same Afghan province
# Forty days after Farkhunda's death, a "turning point" for Afghanistan?
# Gunmen in Pakistan kill prominent female activist
# Pakistan's military accused of orchestrating "creeping coup"
# Biggest Serb party threatens secession in 2018
Central Asia
# Nazarbayev said to win 97 percent of vote in Kazakhstan election
# Breitbart timeline: Clinton trip to Kazakhstan followed by "windfall" for Clinton Foundation
# Berdymukhamedov first to be awarded "People's Horse Breeder of Turkmenistan"
# Hollande says he raised rights issues in talks with Aliyev
# "How the Armenians came to live among Arabs" - Lana Asfour, Al Jazeera