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The Rundown -- October 16

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# UPI quotes RFE/RL reporting on Tymoshenko's possible release
#Khadija Ismayilova wins Global Shining Light Award for her investigation of Azerbaijan's ruling family
Middle East
# Netanyahu says never rule out preemptive strikes
# "Iran Presents New Nuclear Proposal to Big Powers" - Michael R. Gordon and Thomas Erdbrink, "New York Times"
# Western and Iranian diplomats "upbeat"
# Profile of U.S. nuclear negotiator, Wendy Sherman
# Marco Rubio urges Obama to "keep heat" on Iran
# The West "will wince," but it has itself to blame for next year's elections - Economist
# Votes selling for $5
# Logar province governor dies in bomb blast; the grim consequences of his death
# Expanding access to education for Pakistan's poor
# "The Russia Left Behind" - Ellen Barry, "New York Times"
# Baseball bat is the weapon of choice on Moscow roads
# "Russians Still Love Pogroms" - Julia Ioffe, "The New Republic"
# "The Minutemen of Biryulyovo?" - Alec Luhn, Russia
# "The Narrative of the Moscow Race Riots" - Daniil Turovsky, Interpreter
# Study says nearly 500,000 have died as result of Iraq War
# "Business Rebuilds in a Thriving City in Iraq" - Michael Luongo, "New York Times"
Eastern Europe
# Medvedev says Ukraine "not interested" in Russia's help in modernization of gas transport
# Ukraine to abolish compulsory military service
Central Europe
# Uzbekistan conducts "extraordinary audit" of Vimpelcom
# Kazakhstan's former Central Bank chief says he wasn't forced out
# Podesta Group defends Azerbaijan elections to "Washington Post"
# Bosnia census brings "heated debate over national identity" - "Time"
# Bosnia and Russia qualify for World Cup