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The Rundown -- May 4

RFE/RL in the Media

# Diplomat cites Bruce Pannier's Qishloq Ovozi blog on terror threat in Uzbekistan

# Washington Times cites Joanna Paraszczuk's reporting on mandate for men to grow beards in IS-held areas

# Huffington Post covers RFE/RL's story about a Bosnian Muslim rebuilding a 700-year-old Christian church


# Night Wolves given police escort from Bratislava to Vienna; 500 turn out for event

# The charmed Brooklyn life of the founder of U.S.-bashing LifeNews

# Moscow Times and Vedomosti sold to Russian buyer

# "Russia's Stolen Future" - Tanya Lokshina, HRW


# Ukraine experiencing most intense fighting since ceasefire

# Year after Odesa tragedy, "burning hatred" divides city

Eastern Europe

# Tens of thousands of Moldovans protest amid banking scandal

Middle East

# Fledgling talks with Assad to end war may be getting started

# IS recently executed 300 Yazidi hostages, according to reports

# IS has taken control of half of Iraq's largest refinery

# Baath party continues to cast a shadow over Iraq

# Kerry "guarantees" Israelis that U.S can prevent an Iranian bomb


# Suspects in Farkhunda killing go on trial

# Pakistan urges Afghan Taliban to join peace talks; ceasefire talks in Qatar unsuccessful

# "Maimed Defending Afghanistan, Then Neglected" - Rod Nordland, New York Times

# Anti-American sentiment ebbs in Pakistan

Central Asia

# Annexation of Crimea has magnified divisions inside Kazakhstan

Of Interest

# Journalism in 395 words

# Podcast: "Attention metrics" for measuring engagement