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December 17, 2013
The head of an independent election monitoring group is arrested in Azerbaijan, Russian activists picket parliament ahead of a vote on a prisoner amnesty, the funeral of an iconic Georgian writer, plus stories from Belarus, Macedonia, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.
RFE/RL in the Media

ThinkProgress cites RFE/RL coverage of Russia's Ukraine bailout 
# "US News and World Report" quotes RFE/RL interview with U.S. Amb. to Russia McFaul 
# In "Harvard Business Review" piece, Jeffrey Gedmin writes about dilemma he had at RFE/RL 
# Read Daud Khattak in Foreign Policy on division within the Pakistani Taliban 
 
Ukraine
# Opposition leaders vow to block Russian $15 billion bailout in parliament 
# "Ukraine's Protesters Show Its Leaders How to Govern" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg 
# Can Klitschko be Ukraine's next president
# "How Putin Outfoxed the West" - Christian Neef and Matthias Schepp, Spiegel 
 
Russia
# Obama sends openly gay athletes to represent U.S. in Olympic delegation 
# Sochi gay scene in decline 
# "Putin's New Shock Jock" - James Kirchick, Daily Beast 
Shake Shack in Russia 
 
Eastern Europe
# Georgia and Moldova -- Markets for EU pork 
 
Middle East
# Assad may stay 
# In "New York Times" op ed, Saudi Ambassador says country "will go it alone
# Obama is "losing Egypt to Russia
 
Iran
# Zarif protests sanctions expansion in phone call with Kerry 
# Iran said to have kidnapped dissidents inside Iraq 
# Sen. Nelson may go to Iran to recover Levinson 
# The "black swans" that could scuttle the nuclear deal 
# The Israeli intelligence operative from Tehran 
 
Iraq
# Charts show stunning increase in Iraq violence this year 
# Sixty-five people killed in wave of attacks 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Attack on helicopter kills six U.S. troops, but still not clear who's responsible 
# Afghanistan Ambassador to UN says security agreement will be signed "in a timely matter
# UN envoy says Afghanistan has continued to make steady progress towards stability  
What kind of Afghanistan will foreign forces leave?  
# Pakistan rules out military action against Taliban 
# Pakistan's "political renaissance"  
 
Caucasus
# Azerbaijan arrests election monitoring head, conducts business meeting with UK FM 
 
Central Asia
# "Forced Labor Lives On in Uzbekistan’s Cotton Fields" - Mansur Mirovalev and Andrew Kramer 
# "Green economy investment fund" for Kazakhstan 
 
Balkans
 # Serbia will start EU accession talks on January 21 
 

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