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# Tehran does not like the Syrian rebels' embassy in Qatar

# HIV/AIDS and TB are straining Russia's health care system
# Ukraine is moving away from Russian gas

# Afghan villagers are leaving their homes because of drones

RFE/RL Target Region
# The "Monster of Grbavica" gets 45 years in prison
# Teliasonera may face more fines in Sweden

Of Interest
# How Turkey is taking advantage of the Cyprus situation

Science & Technology
# A comet is heading towards Mars
# Inside the Spamhaus DDoS attack

U.S. Politics
# "I don’t use the word drone."
# "Fox News" is not to blame for polarized political discussions

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on NGO inspections in Russia
# "Reason" links to RFE/RL reporting on Afghanistan-Pakistan relations

International Press Review

# Vladimir Putin may be the winner in the Cyprus banking crisis
# "More Respect for Russia Would Go a Long Way" - Vladislav Inozemtsev, "Moscow Times"
# Russia's plans for post-NATO Afghanistan

# "The Economist" on how Iranian companies are dodging sanctions
# U.S.-listed companies are doing business in Iran as well
# Iran is making plans for a post-Assad Syria

# A suicide bombing in Peshawar has killed at least five
# The Taliban comes to Karachi
# "Imran Khan: The Least Bad Option?" - Michael Kugelman, "Dawn"
# The geopolitics of the Iran-Pakistan pipeline
# Hitting the slopes in Afghanistan

# North Korea is on high alert as U.S. bombers fly maneuvers over the peninsula
# An ex-soldier from the U.S. is fighting in Syria
# Watching the Iraq-Syria soccer match in Baghdad
# Syrian rebels claim to have shot down an Iranian plane

Of Interest
# "Eurasianet" on the potential environmental impacts of the Kumtor mine
# Big oil's coming tough decade
# What can athiests learn from believers?

Science & Technology
# What does a whale see when it looks at a diver?
# "Google’s Dance" - Robert Epstein, "Time"
# 20 things you didn't know about coffee

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Pausing the U.S.-Russian Reset" - Andranik Migranyan, "National Interest"
# A Harvard study say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will end up costing trillions
# Rosa Brooks thinks Gitmo detainees should be released
# Inside Adam Lanza's house