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The Rundown -- September 18

# Salman Shaikh: Chemical deal is "kicking the can down the road"
# "A Very Productive Chemical Weapons Attack" - Douglas Feith, "The Wall Street Journal"
Middle East
# Turkey is hosting the founder of Hamas's armed wing
# Executions increasing in Iraq
# Brief access to Facebook and Twitter was just a glitch
# Khamenei calls for "heroic leniency"
# Manhattan building said to have been used to launder money to Iran
# Iran expected to set "more constructive tone" at UN then in years past
# "The New York Times" profiles Sergei Lavrov
# Bolshoi artistic director returns nine months after acid attack
# Putin spokesman says President positive about U.S. Rep. Steve Israel's "open letter" in "Kommersant"
# Elton John to perform in Russia despite anti-gay laws
# Russia celebrates Putin "triumph"
# "After Russia's Victory, Now the Hard Part" - Alexander Golts, "The Moscow Times"
# Protests grow over gang rape of 5-year old girl in Pakistan
# Al-Zawahri issues "guidelines for Jihad"
# Photos - The graves of Kabul
Central Asia
# Uzbekistan to allow inspectors from International Labour Organization for cotton season
# Retrial of Turkish-Armenian journalist begins in Istanbul
# Former Bosnian prison guard being extradited from U.S. for war crimes trial
# Former Kosovo rebel cleared of war crimes
Of Interest
# "Who is a Journalist? People Who Can Afford to Be" - Sarah Kendzior, Al Jazeera
# Interactive - China's Maritime Disputes