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The Rundown -- November 3

Locals choose agricultural products, which they can buy for a symbolic payment, next to a Donetsk polling station.
RFE/RL in the Media
# Latin Post cites RFE/RL's coverage of the unrecognized separatist vote in eastern Ukraine
# Read Malali Bashir in Foreign Policy on "the real first ladies of Afghanistan"
# "Putin’s Friend Profits in Purge of Schoolbooks" - Jo Becker and Steven Lee Myers, "New York Times"
# Indigenous Russians harassed by Moscow
# "Why Chinese-Russian Friendship Is Here To Stay" - Gilbert Rozman, "Foreign Affairs"
# African migrants in Russia describe "hell on earth"
# Separatist regions "vote" as Russian personnel and equipment reportedly roll into east again
# Elections, which Moscow recognized, likely to worsen tensions between Russia and the West
# "Ukraine's Last Chance" - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Eastern Europe
# Residents of Brest, Belarus discover town is built on Jewish gravestones
Iraq /Syria/Turkey
# Erdogan's cemented power symbolized by $350 million palace
# Shi'ite militia implicated in Sunni mosque massacre
# Al-Qaeda revives its beef with IS
# Video: Alleged IS fighters discuss buying and selling Yazidi slave girls
# "Flying Blind in Iraq and Syria" - Thomas Friedman, "New York Times"
# Iran sentences woman to a year in prison for trying to attend a male volleyball game
# Iran defends its human rights record
# "Iran Poised to Choose Poverty Over Nuclear Disarmament" - Ray Takeyh, "Washington Post"
# America's unfinished prison in Afghanistan -- "a filthy nightmare"
# Fanged dear spotted in Afghanistan for first time in 65 years
# Bomb kills at least 50 on Pakistan border crossing with India
# Daily Beast talks to the families in Georgia of IS militant leaders
# "What Does Russia Really Want With Abkhazia" - Sergei Markedonov, ODR
Of Interest
# How to shoot a protest on an iPhone and produce professional video
# Germany is still divided