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The Rundown -- August 28

RFE/RL in the Media
# "Foreign Policy cites RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal on Karzai Pakistan visit
# BBC cites RFE/RL Turkmen Service coverage of people being forced to ride bicycles in Turkmenistan

# The goal should be regime change - "The Wall Street Journal" editorial
# Saudis allegedly try to convince Moscow to dump Assad
# "Barack Obama's Choice on Syria Will Define his Presidency" - James Mann, "The New Republic"
# "Syria Debate Deepens Republican Divide" - McKay Coppins, Kate Nocera, BuzzFeed
# "How Useful Is the 'Kosovo Precedent?'" - Joshua Keating, Slate
Middle East
# Mubarak backers return to public life
# First test of diplomacy under Rohani with Oman Sultan and UN Undersecretary visit
# Iran's support for Assad is mixed blessing for West - Karim Sadjadpour, Carnegie
# Iran to name first female ambassador
# Iran officials walk fine line on Syria
# Syria strike could dash hopes for Iran talks
# Iraq court clears way for al-Maliki to run for a third term
# Russian police seize painting of Putin in women's underwear - Reuters
# A tribute to Moscow's best park
# Came home. Moved on. Couldn't forget.
# Civilians becoming targets in Afghanistan
# "Pakistan: Bloodbath on Death Row?" - Taha Siddiqui, The Diplomat
Central Asia
# Tajikistan independence tree dies in Dushanbe
Eastern Europe
# Police say weapons found in Femen office
# Russia warns Belarus over Uralkali head's arrest
# Amnesty International denounces Kosovo UN mission for failing to address atrocities against Serbs
Of Interest
# In first half of year, 74 countries demanded information on 38,000 Facebook users