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The Rundown -- May 18


RFE/RL in the Media
# Fortune and Independent cite Carl Schreck's reporting on PayPal blocking payments for Nemtsov report
# Guardian reports on Azerbaijan extending detention of Khadija Ismayilova
# Yahoo uses RFE/RL Iraq Service video of mass exodus from Ramadi
Russia
# Vladimir Putin scored eight goals in a hockey game
# Russia's most talked about forced marriage (between a 17 and 47 year-old) exposes "Putin's cronies"
# After Tsarnayev verdict, Kadyrov comes out as Boston Marathon truther
# "New Putin Invasion Coming This Summer" - Michael Weiss and James Miller, Daily Beast
Ukraine
# Bershidsky: Rebel overtures designed by Putin to freeze conflict
# West clings to ceasefire despite Kyiv's doubts (Nuland in Moscow for talks)
# Ukraine claims two Russian soldiers captured in eastern Ukraine
Eastern Europe
# Several thousand rally in Moldova for reunification with Romania
Balkans
# Tens of thousands protest against government in Skopje
Middle East
# Yemen ceasefire expires
# "Did George W. Bush Create ISIS?" - Dexter Filkins, New Yorker
Caucasus
# Armenia's "hero" taxi driver
Central Asia
# Turkmenistan reportedly pardons more than 1,200 prisoners
# "Europe and Turkmenistan Make Nice" - Paolo Sorbello, Diplomat
Of Interest
# A hacker reportedly commandeered a commercial jet
# How trolling became the language of diplomacy
# The best opening lines from literary classics
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