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Afternoon Update

Russia

# Golos slams the Kremlin

Iran
# "Targeting Iran's Energy Sector Isn't Working" - Daniel Graeber, "Oil Price"
# The Director of Iran's Expediency Council’s Center of Strategic Studies Hassan Rohani will run for president

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# "Al Jazeera" reports on security in northern Afghanistan
# Elites in Karachi are wary of driving around in Porsches
# Discussing women's rights in Afghanistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# The Vagina Monologues will not be performed in Kyrgyzstan
# Tajik peacekeepers are in Nepal
# Black and white photos from Baku

Of Interest
# How Felix Baumgartner prepped to jump from space
# Remembering video journalist Tim Heatherington

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RFE/RL In The Media

# "The Atlantic" reprints RFE/RL's interview with Femen leader Oleksandra Shevchenko
# Luke Allnutt's Kindle single on the death of his father has been published

International Press Review

Iran

# Ali Vaez on the aging reactor at Bushehr
# The U.S. has offered to help Iran clean after the earthquake
# Iranian wrestlers are heading to New York in May
# An Iranian scientist says he has invented a time machine

Russia
# "Why Navalny Will Be Jailed" - Georgy Bovt, "Moscow Times"
# Finland didn'tmean to put Vladimir Putin on the blacklist
# "Vice" lunches with Ramzan Kadyrov
# This just in: Yakutsk is really really cold

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Pakistanis are fleeing the fighting in Tirah Valley
# "India-Pakistan: Business First" - Manjeet Kripalani, "The Diplomat"
# A raid gone wrong in Afghanistan
# "Rebuilding a Former Taliban Haven" - Rebecca Santana, "AP"
# Beautiful photos from Afghanistan in early and mid twentieth century

RFE/RL Target Region
# Ratko Mladic was ejected from court for an outburst
# The Macedonia name issue may finally be resolved
# Uzbekistan is not impressed with the Harlem Shake
# "Now is Not the Time for an Independent Kurdistan" - Ranj Alaaldin, "Asharq Al Aswat"
# "The Economist" on the release of Yury Lutsenko

Of Interest
# There will be a new round of prosecutions over the Auschwitz death camp
# "What the World Needs from the BRICs" - Dani Rodrik, "Project Syndicate"
# How to procrastinate at work like a champ

Science & Technology
# NASA has plans to capture an asteroid
# The drive to cure humans of sleep
# A new app for temporary phone numbers
# Immortality is a waste of time

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Drones don't just kill senior terrorist leaders
# Let the budget hand-wringing begin (more here and here)
# There may be a bill on background checks in the Senate
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