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The Rundown - April 18

Afternoon Update


# ZTE says it has almost abandoned the Iranian market
# HRW: "The Dark Side of Iran's Drug Policy"

# "Forbes" on the 200 richest Russian businessmen (emphasis on "men")

Afghanistan & Pakistan
# Pervez Musharraf is on the run
# Imported burkas are flooding the market in Afghanistan

Of Interest
# A company tied to Takilant has been fined by Swedish authorities
# The "BBC" has a primer on local elections in Iraq
# A brief history of ricin
# Trees make sounds when they are dying

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# John Stewart on "CNN" coverage of the Boston bombing
# "The Tragedies of Other Places" - Rafia Zakaria, "Guernica"
# "The Senate in the Gun Lobby's Grip" - Gabrielle Giffords, "The New York Times"
# "Checking the Logic of Background Checks" - Jacob Sullum, "Reason"

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# "Foreign Policy" cites RFE/RL reporting on Serbia-Kosovo negotiations

International Press Review


# Iran is expanding its nuclear technologies
# How the Iranian revolution happened
# "Iran’s Nuclear Submarine Gambit" - Zachary Keck, "The Diplomat"
# The Supreme Leader condemned the Boston bombing...with a caveat

# "A Smarter Way to Fight Corruption" - Inozemtsev & Zhuchkova, "Moscow Times"
# Maybe the Kremlin wants to be sloppy with the Navalny trial
# Bill Browder is on an international wanted list
# Pavel Durov is under investigation

# Entire villages were destroyed by the earthquake in Pakistan
# "A Pre-Taliban System With Post-2014 Potential?" - Casey Garret Johnson, "The New York Times"
# The Taliban don't want to be blamed for the Boston bombing
# Imran Khan's house was attacked by his political supporters
# The sex trade is booming in Mazar-i-Sahrif

Of Interest
# Georgia may launch an investigation into the 2008 war
# Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan may be bypassing Baghdad with a new oil deal
# Reddit users are trying to solve the Boston bombing case
# Photos: North Korea before the Kims
# A brief history of punctuation

Science & Tech
# The next generation of batteries may be coming
# The current Internet will look ridiculous in 50 years...maybe
# The top Android phones

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# An arrest was made in the ricin letters case
# Gun control legislation was voted down in the Senate
# "The Marathon" - Charles Pierce, "Grantland"