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The Rundown -- October 23

RFE/RL in the Media
# Christian Science Monitor cites RFE/RL reporting on Volgograd bus attack
# RIA Novosti cites RFE/RL Uzbek Service reporting on Gulnara Karimova's TV stations stopping broadcasts
Middle East
# Saudi Arabia to make "major shift" away from U.S.
# Do the Saudis have alternatives?
# Turkey may renege on spy deal with Israel
# "Obama's Uncertain Path Among Syria Bloodshed" - Mark Mazzetti, Robert Worth and Michael Gordon, "New York Times"
# Iran student leader freed after four years
# "Obama Could Lift Iran Sanctions Tomorrow" - Yochi Dreazen, "Foreign Policy"
# Cameron to host Karzai and Sharif next week
# "A Far Cry From Failure" - Michael O'Hanlon, "Foreign Affairs"
# In Washington visit, Sharif calls drones "major irritant" in relations
# Former Pakistan envoy to Washington says Islamabad supports terrorism
# White House pushes back against Amnesty report on drones
# Sobyanin says he talked with Putin about Navalny participation in Moscow elections
# Russia looks to expand Internet monitoring
# The Volgograd bomber's mysterious passport
# Putin accuses foreign rivals of fostering Muslim extremism
# "Pliancy As Legal Precedent" - Yael Levine, Russia
Eastern Europe
# Six conditions Ukraine has to fill before Association Agreement
# Belarus willing to return Uralkali CEO -- for compensation
# Belarus petition to ban Eurovision because of transexual singer
Central Asia
# Turkmenistan leader releases novel about his father, titled "The Bird of Happiness"
# Serbia to implement austerity program
# Montenegro's "first openly gay man" attends pride march by Skype
# 107-year-old Armenian genocide survivor honored in Chicago
Of Interest
# David Pogue on moving to Yahoo
# "An Angel Kidnapped by Gypsies?" - Louise Doughty, "The Guardian"
# Podcast: Alec Ross and Afshin Molavi on beating censorship