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The Rundown -- February 7

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Feb. 6i
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February 06, 2014
Police scuffle with university students in Kosovo, Ukrainian protesters march through the government sector, gay-rights activists in New York call on Olympic sponsors to speak out, plus stories from Georgia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan in this roundup of news from the countries covered by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

RFE/RL Video Roundup - Feb. 6

RFE/RL in the Media 

# Read Ron Synovitz and Zamira Eshanova in "The Atlantic" on Uzbekistan's use of genetic testing to spot future Olympians 
# "Globe and Mail" also cites report on genetic testing 
Pink News and San Diego Gay and Lesbian News cite RFE/RL reporting on threat to charge ninth grader with violating gay propaganda law 
Neue Zurcher Zeitung cites RFE/RL coverage of Bulatov's torture claims (German) 
 
Russia
# Russian official defends Sochi hotels by citing surveillance video of showers 
# Russia calls for "Olympic Truce" during Sochi games 
# New restrictions on U.S. flights to Russia  
# "Vladimir Putin's Remarkable Comeback" - Daniel Treisman, CNN 
 
Ukraine
# Two Dnepropetrovsk tycoons revolt 
# U.S. calls tape of conversation, apparently between Nuland and Pyatt, in which the former had choice words for the EU, a "new low in Russian statecraft
# Bulatov describes torture in press conference 
 
Eastern Europe
# CNN enrages Belarus with ugliest monument nod (RT)
# How Russian culture and media shape Belarusian politics 
 
Iran
# Iran willing to change Arak reactor  
# Rohani apologizes for food ration problems 
# Iran investigating health risks of jamming TV signals; U.S. says Iran not currently jamming satellite signals 
# Rohani calls for universal healthcare by 2018; donates $170,000 to Jewish hospital 
 
Iraq
 
Afghanistan/Pakistan
# Afghanistan election watchdog may not be ready in time for April elections 
# Taliban holding coalition forces dog hostage  
# The economic consequences of the delay in signing a security agreement 
# Pakistani Taliban moves into Swat valley 
 
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan accuses Russia of foot-dragging on a space launch facility 
# "Tajikistan: Power Plant Produces Heat and Anger" - Asel Kalybekova, Eurasianet 
 
Balkans
# "Bosnian Ice Hockey Rises From Ashes of War" - Maja Zuvela, Reuters 
 
Of Interest
# Forget about clicks, Upworthy measures "attention minutes
# Why Twitter struggles in developing countries 

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