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The Rundown -- May 5


RFE/RL in the Media
# BBG Governor Matt Armstrong in War on the Rocks on reining in RT
# RFE/RL looking for a senior correspondent in Washington (Poynter)
Russia
# Hackers apparently used malware to fake views on pro-Russian videos
# Zeman says Islamist terrorism greater threat to Europe than Russia
# How IS is recruiting migrant workers in Moscow
Ukraine
# Moytl: Donbas is becoming a major headache for Moscow
# The creeping influence of the Russian ruble in eastern Ukraine
# "In Eastern Ukraine, Doctors Are ‘Terrorists’ and Antibiotics Are Herbs" - Matthew Vickery and Sheren Khalel, Foreign Policy
Eastern Europe
# Belarus rights record under fire at UN
Iran
# Iran bans "devil worshipping" haircuts
# Iran planning Formula 1 circuit
# "Obama's New Answers on Iran Fall Flat" - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg
Iraq/Syria
# How much trouble is Assad really in?
# Vivid details about life in Tikrit during IS occupation
# Texas shooters linked to IS
# Fertilizer, used for bombs, flows to militant-controlled territory from Turkey
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan's solar-powered motorbike
# The starving children of Helmand province
# Gangsters release kidnapped Pakistani police
# Lower oil prices a boon in Pakistan
Central Asia
# Tajikistan reportedly creates "second line of defense" on Afghan border
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