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Afternoon Update


# One candidate bows out of the presidential race
# The Arak nuclear reactor gets one step closer to completion

# "Putin's Self-Destruction" - Krastev & Inozemtev, "Foreign Affairs"

RFE/RL Target Region
# Human Rights Watch on the situation in southern Kyrgyzstan
# Tajiks send a lot of money back home from Russia
# "The Protector" rides again

Of Interest
# The market in vacation time

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Farhad Manjoo on NSA leaker Edward Snowden
# On the U.S. as a country one seeks asylum from, not in
# "Global Post" reports from inside the U.S.
# Ambassador Michael McFaul on digital diplomacy

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# Listen to RFE/RL's Golnaz Esfandiari discuss Iran's elections with "On the Media"
# "Fox News" cites RFE/RL reporting on a massive arrest at a Moscow prayer room
# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on Vladimir Putin's divorce
# RFE/RL's Washington bureau chief is getting married!

International Press Review

# How Iran's nuclear program factors in the presidential campaign
# Why Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was disqulaified from the ballot
# A protester was killed outside Iran's embassy in Beirut

# "What Russia's Rulers Hide" - Masha Lipman, "The New Yorker"
# Valentina Tereshkova: the story of the first woman in space

# Gunmen attacked Kabul Airport this morning
# The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan was summoned over drone strikes
# A report on the battle for education in Afghanistan
# The Pakistani Army makes gains in Tirah

# "How Europe Can Save Turkey" - Steven A. Cook, "The Washington Post"
# What Taksim means to Turks
# Meet the last Armenian in Chunkush, Turkey

Of Interest
# Paul Goble on Tatarstan's "de-Russification"
# "The Ghosts of Europe Past" - Brendan Simms, "The New York Times"
# Saudi Arabia remains quiet on the MERS virus

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The leaker of the NSA program info is Edward Snowden
# How to avoid NSA spying
# NYT: The U.S. is helping allies thwart Iranian hackers
# The "PBS Newshour" analysis of Shields and Brooks