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Iran
# Iranian officials claim to have killed 30 Kurdish fighters
# "The Guardian" reports on protests over the drying of Lake Orumieh

Pakistan
# The "LA Times" reports on suicide bombings in Pakistan
# Iran says its willing to build part of a pipeline running through Pakistan

Afghanistan
# "The National" reports on the 2001 assassination of Ahmad Shah Massoud
# The "LA Times" reports on the funeral of journalist Ahmad Omaid Khpalwak
# The "PBS Newshour" interviews veteran correspondent Edward Girardet
# Two German hikers were found dead in Afghanistan

Russia
# "The Washington Post" reports on tensions in Dagestan
# "The Prokhorov-Khodorkovsky Tandem" - Alexei Pankin, "Moscow Times"
# Alexander Golts on why Russia needs the west in Central Asia

Of Interest
# China denies that it sold weapons to pro-Gadhafi forces
# "Meet The New Power Players" - Thanassis Cambanis, "Boston Globe"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Simply Evil" - Christopher Hitchens, "Slate"
# "Obama's Alliances" (pdf) - Steven Casey, Lowy Institute
# A leak shows U.S. efforts to spy on Israel
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