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Afternoon Update


# The Black Sea fleet will run a "small" set of drills
# "The Spectator" on Russian oligarchs in London

# U.S.-listed companies are still doing business with Iran
# Trade between Iran and Dubai was down by a third in 2012

# Providing security for elections is no small feat in Pakistan
# "The Daily Beast" interviews Saad Mohseni

Of Interest
# Kick all four countries out of the BRICs
# "The Temptation of China's Capital Accounts" - Yu Yongding, "Project Syndicate"
# Banks are open in Cyprus

Science & Technology
# Why food says everything about a person
# We may be able to make fuel out atmospheric carbon dioxide
# The technology behind an early warning system for heart attacks

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# Masha Gessen discusses gay rights in Russia on "The World"
# "Al-Monitor" cites RFE/RL reporting on Iraq's Kurdish region

International Press Review

# Aleksei Navalny thinks he may be headed to prison
# "Der Spiegel" on the life and death of Mikhail Pakhomov
# HSBC is clsoing the Hermitage fund in Russia
# vKontakte may have manipulated content at the behest of the FSB during last December's protests
# "The New Russian Mob" - Joe Nocera, "The New York Times"

# The banks will re-open today
# Russian money from Cyprus is ending up in New York
# Investigators are looking at capital flight from Cyprus

# "Stopping an Undetectable Iranian Bomb" - Albright, Dubowitz, & Kittrie, "The Wall St. Journal"
# "Argo" may make some money for hostages from the 1979 embassy siege
# A Chinese super-tanker is docked in Iran for an oil shipment

# "Afghanistan After the War" - Ahmed Rashid, "The New Republic"
# The Andar militia falls on hard times
# A profile of one of Afghanistan's "shadow warriors"
# Malala Yousafzai signed a $3 million book deal
# The UN has called on the Taliban to join the peace process

Of Interest
# That shiny new BRIC bank may have to wait
# Joshua Kucera on Central Asia after the war in Afghanistan

Science & Technology
# Shrinking sea ice may be the reason spring is so cold this year
# The details on one of the largest DDoS attacks ever seen
# The rise of drones may lead to the rise of the "privacy speakeasy"
# Why doesn't the moon spin?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Some controversy over the new head of the CIA's clandestine service
# Immigration will be on the legislative docket this year