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The Rundown - January 28

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Lloyd Grove on David Ensor's new role in Afghanistan
# Anders Fogh Rasmussen says NATO is committed to security in Afghanistan
# A major Afghan tribe has decided to support the Karzai government
# Police in Quetta, Pakistan are not being issued weapons
# The "Wall Street Journal" previews the London Afghanistan conference
# Mustafa Qadri on Asif Ali Zardari's ability to stay in power

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
Full text of the State of the Union Address
# David Ignatius on international military partnerships
# Kelly McEvers on Gitmo detainees going back to Saudi Arabia
# Al Kamen's "In the Loop"

Siemens' has left Iran, but other German firms are staying put
# The "Wall Street Journal" editorializes on Germany-Iran relations
# Henri Barkey and Uri Dadush think it's time to sanction Iran

Yulia Latynina on the federal district of the North Caucasus
# Simon Pirani thinks problems remain between Russia and Ukraine

Of Interest
The "Moscow Times" reports on a proposed customs union among Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan
# Timothy Garton Ash on freedom of information

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