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The Rundown - April 29

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# The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center reports on terrorism in Pakistan
# The probe into Benazir Bhutto's assassination continues
# Thought dead, reports surface claiming Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is alive
# "Kashmir: Ripe for Resolution" - Adil Najam & Moeed Yusuf, "News International"
# The "BBC" looks at Pakistan's anti-Taliban military offensives
# The Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India will meet in Bhutan


# The Pentagon issues a report on the state of the Afghan Taliban
# Afghanistan celebrated Mujahideen Victory Day yesterday

# "Rasmussen's 'Roof' has Some Leaks" - Vladimir Kozin, "Moscow Times"
# LUKOil launches its Caspian Sea operations
# Julia Ioffe on the sex scandal involving Russia's opposition
# "Lenin's Loss is Stalin's Gain" - Boris Kagarlitsky, "Moscow Times"
# Putin's Judo training partner is worth around $700 million, which is news to him

# Ayad Allawi calls for an interim government while election issues are sorted out

# Tehran's Police Chief plans to arrest suntanned women

Of Interest
# "Abkhazia: Counting the Costs of Conflict" - Anna Mateeva, "The Guardian"
# "Democracy is Robust in Asia" - David Pilling, "Financial Times"
# "A New Ground Zero" - Ban Ki Moon, "International Herald Tribune"

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Hillary Clinton met with the families of hikers detained in Iran
# "Why Reporters are Down on Obama" - Gerstein & Gavin, "Politico"
# "'South Park' Reignaites Cartoon Debate" - Kathleen Parker, "USA Today"

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