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The Rundown -- November 1

RFE/RL in the Media

# Buzzfeed cites RFE/RL Uzbek Service reporting on intrigue around Gulnara Karimova
# Global Post and "Time" link to RFE/RL on Omsk's war on Halloween
Middle East
# Israeli planes said to have struck Syrian military base
# "Pitfalls of a 'Realist' Middle East Strategy" - David Ignatius, "Washington Post"
# "Renaissance" for Christians in Turkey
# Video: Syria footage sheds light on Iran's involvement in war
# American coach helps Iran qualify for World Cup
# Iranian artists say sanctions are negatively affecting their work
# "Former American Embassy in Iran Attracts Pride and Dust" - Thomas Erdbrink, "New York Times"
# BBC World Service's Afghanistan service described as becoming "mini Taliban"
# UK use of drones in Afghanistan remains under wrap
# Russia taking saliva from conservative Muslim women
# Russian pop star placed on U.S. blacklist; his best song
# Snowden has a job; meets with German politician
# "Russia's Spying Craze" - Andrei Soldatov, "Moscow Times"
# 80-year-old Russian fights bear, falls from cliff and lives to tell about it
Eastern Europe
# IMF urges Ukraine to raise gas prices
# Ukrainian U.S. visa lottery scam
Central Asia
# Kazakhstan plans development of "Islamic finance"
# "Azerbaijan Deserves the International Community's Support" - Fakhraddin Gurbanov, Al Jazeera
# Bosnia digging up what could be biggest mass grave
# Belgrade's fruitful relationship with Abu Dhabi
# Serbia to crack down on "false" asylum seekers
Of Interest
# "Rules for Spies" - "The Economist"
# Why?