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Afternoon Update

Russia

# "Russia Forces Out one of its Best Minds" - Anders Aslund, "Foreign Policy"

Iran
# The "Financial Times" goes to Iran's economic heartland

Afghanistan/Pakistan
#The Pakistani Taliban has reportedly replaced Wali-ur Rehman Mehsud
# The murder case of Saleem Shahzad is all but buried
# The UK may start handing prisoners over to authorities in Kabul

RFE/RL Target Region
# A video report on sex selection in Armenia

Technology
# Google plans to directly challenge the iPhone
# What a DDoS attack looks like

Of Interest
# The rise and fall of the social media editor
# "The Guardian" launches Guardian Coffee

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Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "Al Monitor" cites RFE/RL reporting on referendum politics in Iraq's Kurdish region

International Press Review

Russia
# Sergei Guriev has fled Russia
# Revisiting the USSR in the 1930s

Iran
# Could Iran's sexual revolution topple the Islamic Republic?
# "An Election Foretold" - Abbas Milani, "The New Republic"
# "How Not To Negotiate With Iran" - Ali Gharib, "The Daily Beast"
# The U.S. will ease sanctions on laptops and mobile phones
# A prosecutor in Argentina says Iran set up terror networks there

Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Kate Clark on the attack on the ICRC in Jalalabad
# "Disenfranchising Women in Pakistan" - Murtaza Haider, "Dawn"
# Crystal meth use is spreading in Afghanistan
# Skateistan has opened a park in Mazar-i-Sharif

Of Interest
# The dark side og G.I. life in liberated Europe
# How precious gems tell the history of the Earth
# Scientists in Russia found liquid wooly mammoth blood
# Facebook is under pressure to curb hate posts against women (more here)

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "The New York Times" and "AP" will not attend a meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder
# FP: "Has Obama already violated his new and improved drone policy?" (the White House has not confirmed the latest strike)
# Maybe not the best photo op after all
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