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RFE/RL Video Roundup - Jan. 7i
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January 07, 2014
Violence strikes northern Iraq, Pakistani ex-President Pervez Musharraf wins a two-day reprieve from court, Ukrainian demonstrators celebrate Orthodox Christmas, plus stories from Tajikistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, and Kyrgyzstan in this roundup of news from countries covered by RFE/RL.

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Jan. 7

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RFE/RL in the Media

# "Moscow Times" and RIA Novosti cite RFE/RL interview with the Kyrgyz Grand Mufti who just resigned following a sex scandal 
# "Kyiv Post" cites RFE/RL Ukrainian Service's interview with husband of beaten journalist 
 
Middle East
# Saudis back Syrian rebels despite risks 
# Factional strife in Syria 
 
Iraq
# Iraq begins deploying for Fallujah assault 
# "Iraq’s Best Hope for Peace Is Replacing Maliki" - Stephanie Gaskell, Defense One 
# "The al-Qaedastan Threat" - Eli Lake, Daily Beast 
# "McCain" says Obama administration "blew the whole thing
# U.S. and Iran deny recent reports of cooperation in Iraq 
 
Iran
# "France, Iran and the 'Front of Mistrust'" - John Vinocur, "Wall Street Journal" 
# Khamenei issues fatwa against online chatting between unrelated men and women 
# More unmarried couples living together 
Fifty senators said to support new Iran sanctions bill 
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# In book, former Defense Secretary Gates criticizes Obama's convictions on Afghanistan 
# U.S. says Afghanistan has weeks, not months, to sign deal 
# Reports that Musharraf will leave Pakistan for medical treatment 
 
Russia
# Two percent of Muscovites attend Christmas services 
# Bob Costas says NBC won't ignore Russian anti-gay laws during Olympics 
# "Fortress Sochi" - Simon Shuster, "Time" 
# "Power Without Purpose" - Nina Krushcheva, Project Syndicate 
# "Russia’s ‘Spare Individuals" - Maxim Trudolyubov, "New York Times" 
 
Eastern Europe
# Maidan's fashion star 
# Patriarch Kirill criticizes Ukrainian church members for "goading people
 
Of Interest
# Dieudonné, denying anti-semitism, says he's not  "chosen between the Jews and the Nazis

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