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The Rundown - February 1

News & views on RFE/RL's broadcast region

Sunday Talk Shows
Fareed Zakaria interviews Iran's Foreign Minister
# The analysis of Shields and Brooks
# "Face the Nation" discusses American politics with a roundtable of officials
# "This Week" interviews Senator Scott Brown

# Unconfirmed reports suggest Hakimullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike
# Huma Yusuf details negotiations with the Taliban
# Ayaz Wazir on unrest in Waziristan
# "The New York Times" profiles some of Afghanistan's tribes
# Ron Moreau does not think the Taliban will be for sale
# The "Washington Post" reports on pervasive corruption in the Afghan government
# The "Financial Times" editorializes on the London conference

The Iranian government "will deliver a message to global powers on February 11"
# "It will take more than Twitter" to overthrow the Iranian regime
# Geneive Abdo profiles Ahmadinejad's inner circle
# "Global Post" on the state of the Iranian opposition
# The U.S. is bolstering the missile defenses of its Gulf allies (here's a map)

Moscow police arrest 100 protesters, including Boris Nemtsov
# Michael Bohm on Putin's mistake-free leadership
# The website of "Novaya Gazeta" has sustained nearly a weak of hacker attacks

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