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The Rundown -- December 12

RFE/RL in the Media

# Christian Science Monitor and UPI cite RFE/RL liveblog on Ukraine protests # Deadline cites RFE/RL reporting on Vladimir Pozner
# With square back in hands of protesters, opposition rejects negotiations with Yanukovych
# Oligarchs "desert" Yanukovych
# Europeans "baffled" by Ukrainians' enthusiasm for EU
# Is Klitschko Ukraine's "next great hope?"
Eastern Europe
# "Why Belarus is Not Ukraine" - Ryhor Astapenia, Belarus Digest
# "Putin's Latest Hunting Trip" - Edward Lucas, "Wall Street Journal"
# Russia to create protest zones in Sochi
# After Supreme Court ruling Pussy Riot members could be free by new year
# Russia flexing military muscle in Arctic
# On the new ruble symbol
# Leader of Revolutionary Guards criticizes Zarif
# Iran officials say progress being made on implementation of nuclear agreement
# "Iran's Hardliners and Ours" - Bill Keller, "New York Times"
# "Iran Deal Keeps Getting Worse" - David Frum, Daily Beast
# The "untold story" of the negotiation to free 13 Jewish prisoners in Iran
# Al Qaeda "tightens grip" on western Iraq
# Blast near U.S. Embassy in Kabul
# Kabul's new gated community
# Russian envoys in Central Asia say threat from Afghanistan is getting worse
# Hagel threatens $1.6 billion Pakistan aid cut over drone protests
# Lawyer of doctor who helped find bin Laden flees Pakistan
# Prominent Pakistani cleric backs polio campaign
# Domestic violence rising on Kazakhstan political agenda
# Land picked in Azerbaijan for construction of community center for Mountain Jews
# "Awkward in Yerevan" - Thomas de Waal, Carnegie
# Brawl breaks out in Georgian parliament over Ukraine resolution
# Serbian TV shows Kosovo as independent state
# Bosnia investigates "fault" in loss of EU funding