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# Russia says it has arrested an American for trying to flip an FSB agent
# "The Economist" reviews three books on Russia

# Tehran has apologised for killing Afghans who were crossing the border

# "Dawn" says it has proof of an agreement between political parties to not allow women to vote in Lower Dir
# The vote in Pakistan as seen in India
# India-Pakistan trade was up 21% last year

RFE/RL Target Region
# Kurdish fighters are heading to Iraq from Turkey
# A new film on the war in Afghanistan by Ben Anderson

Of Interest
# Gas and oil prices may be on the decline
# Paper: "Are Cyber-Weapons Effective?"

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "The Asia Times" reprints an RFE/RL report on the new government in Pakistan
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Pakistan's new government

International Press Review

# "Spiegel" interviews Iran's foreign minister
# CNAS on what containing Iran looks like
# What the Rafsanjani candidcay means for the regime in Tehran
# How Syria could become Iran's Vietnam

# "What Lies Ahead for Russia in the Next Decade" - Lipman & Petrov, "Moscow Times"
# Russia's Pacific fleet is becoming its Mediterranean fleet
# How Moscow authorities try to keep the traffic situation from worsening further
# Foreign athletes no longer need visas

# "Sharif vs. Army, Round 3" - Declan Walsh, "The New York Times"
# "In Pakistan, Expect More of the Same" - Max Boot, "Commentary"
# "Sharifistan" - Arif Rafiq, "Foreign Policy"
# NATO hopes for "stable instability" in Afghanistan post-2014

Of Interest
# The role of gruesome videos in the Syrian civil war
# Exploring the boundaries of news photo editing
# Should China have a spot on the Arctic Council
# Kazakhstan's energy future

Science & Technology
# Goolge's plans for Chrome and Android
# Why babies all over the world say "mama"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The "AP" on the Department of Justice seizure of phone records (more here)