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Afternoon Update

# Mary Dejevsky on Russian diplomats

# Omar Waraich reports from the campaign trail
# Swat: A region healing

RFE/RL Target Region
# Kazakhstan says it is cooperating with the Boston bombing investigation
# Bidzina Ivanishvili expects a NATO Membership Action Plan for Georgia next year
# The banning of the 2011 gay pride parade in Belgrade was unconstitutional

Of Interest
# The Guantánamo memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi
# Is cursive dying?

# Here's a story (with a picture) about two colliding galaxies
# Dodging old Soviet satellites

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "The New York Times" cites RFE/RL reporting on a tumble taken by the Turkmen president
# The "Pacific Standard" cites RFE/RL reporting on Pussy Riot
# "Radio World" on Masha Gessen's resignation

International Press Review

# What could the UN find at the Parchin base?
# A senior Iranian diplomat was arrested in Tehran in March
# When Iranian and Israeli officials dined together
# Iran's Basij force says it is the victim of a cyber attack
# On reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was arrested
# Ahmadinejad could face house arrest

# The new Mariinsky theater is set to open
# Surgutneftegas is sitting on $29 billion in cash

# There is a leadership crisis in the Afghan Taliban
# "Feeding the Hand that Bites" - Fred Kaplan, "Slate"
# On the campaign trail with Imran Khan
# The diary of an Afghan midwife

Boston Bombing
# "A Dead Militant in Dagestan: Did This Slain Jihadi Meet Tamerlan Tsarnaev?" - Simon Shuster, "Time"
# Three more men have been detained (more on them)
# A short guide to the Tsarnaev brothers' associates
# "Tsarnaev Homeland Chechnya: Rebuilt From War, Ruled by Fear" - Maria Golovnina, "Reuters"

RFE/RL Target Region
# Konstantin Parshin on Tajikistan-Russia relations
# "EU or Russia? Ukraine Must Choose" - Maksim Yusin, "Kommersant"
# The ten worst countries for journalists

Of Interest
# How German monitoring hardware is used against dissidents
# One week, no food
# Plugging back in after a year without the Internet

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "U.S. Should Remove Its Magnitsky Halo" - James Carden, "Moscow Times"
# The U.S. is moving closer to sending lethal arms to the Syrian opposition
# The Jamestown settlers may have had to resort to cannibalism