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Afternoon Update

Russia
# "Irrepressible Moscow" - Paul Starobin, "City Journal"
# Mikhail Kalashnikov was made for the modern Internet

Iran
# "Iran Beyond Oil?" - Patrick Clawson, Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Pakistan
# Some ex-lawmakers may have fake degrees...
# ...And a lot more don't pay taxes

Afghanistan
# On the battle in Farah
# Taliban fighters tried -- and apparently failed -- to free imprisoned cohorts

RFE/RL Target Region
# Human Rights Watch on the crackdown on NIDA in Azerbaijan
# Georgia after some chacha
# Remembering former RFE/RL broadcaster Peter Halasz

Of Interest
# The IMF will contribute one billion euros to the Cyprus bailout...
# ...Some shady deals happened in days of limbo on the island
# Smash your old cell phone with a hammer

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Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "The Atlantic" reprints RFE/RL's interview with Alena Ledeneva
# CPJ cites RFE/RL reporting on a jailed editor in Uzbekistan

International Press Review

Russia
# "Did Putin Sink Cyprus?" - Ben Judah, "The New York Times"
# The "Financial Times" on the rise (and bureaucracy) of Rosneft
# State employees face stricter disclosure requirements

Iran
# The Carnegie Endowment on Iran's nuclear program
# Iranians may finally be able to travel to Belarus without a visa
# Shooting for an ice cream record

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Pakistan is pulling out of peace talks with the Taliban
# "Pakistan’s Dangerous Elections" - Fasih Ahmed, "The Daily Beast"
# Corruption is rampant in Afghanistan
# Young Pakistanis aren't enamored with their country's democracy
# Imran Khan's campaign tactics seem oddly familiar

RFE/RL Target Region
# Militants attacked journalists in Iraq over a story about a cleric
# A series of pieces on security in Central Asia
# Sex selection in the Caucasus and Balkans rivals China

Science & Technology
# Debate: Should tweets cost you your job?
# The Earth and the moon are slowly drifting apart
# Domain names are going to get a bit more complicated than ".com"

Of Interest
# Aung San Suu Kyi has been rather quiet since her release
# China has announced four more cases of bird flu
# An interview with one of Hitler's food tasters

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The State Department has a few open positions
# Gay marriage is getting more support in government
# The NRA proposes armed guards for every school
# Tough to say if this poll is funny, depressing, or both
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