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The Rundown -- October 29

RFE/RL in the Media
# Read Frud Bezhan in "The Atlantic" on Afghan vote symbols
# UPI quotes RFE/RL reporting on Georgia elections
# The Advocate cites RFE/RL on Putin's statement about welcoming gays to the Olympics
Middle East
# Obama campaign emails hacked by Syrian Electronic Army
# "Fury in the Kingdom" - Roger Cohen, "New York Times"
# Iran tries to woo western oil groups
# "Bahar" becomes first newspaper banned during Rohani presidency
# Iran giving oil to Syria at 10 percent discount
# "Why Arabs Fear a U.S.-Iran Détente" - Marwan Bishara, "New York Times"
# Afghanistan's "subculture of pedophilia"
# Karzai's brother says he'd be a less passionate president
# Villagers stone to death man believed to have carried out Sunday wedding bomb attack
# "U.S. Disrupts Afghans’ Tack on Militants" - Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times"
# Iraq oil exports at 19 month low
# Putin says gay athletes will be protected at games
# LGBT activists say IOC chief, currently in Russia, ignoring requests to meet
# "At the Olympics, a Rainbow on Every Coke Can?" - Richard Socarides, "New Yorker"
# Russia climbs in World Bank ease of doing business indicators, beating China
# Profile of new Yekaterinburg mayor, Roizman
Eastern Europe
# Lviv city council votes in favor of 2022 Olympic bid
# Probe of Uralkali executive extended two months
# Azerbaijan America Alliance hosting "gala dinner," 'Celebrating Today, Building Tomorrow'
# OSCE commends Georgia vote
Central Asia
# Students in Tajikistan arrested for driving to lectures
Of Interest
# "An Angry Europe Faces Up to U.S. Spying" - Simon Shuster, "Time"