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The Rundown - July 18

RFE/RL In The Media
# "The Guardian" quotes Golnaz Esfandiari's report on a chicken controversy in Iran
# "Digital Journal" cites RFE/RL reporting on the Belarus teddy bear airlift and on a fire in a Syrian diplomatic post in Kazakhstan
# RIAN cites RFE/RL reporting on a life sentence for a Ukrainian in the U.S.

International Press Review

# A new computer virus -- Mahdi -- has been discovered in Iran
# A majority of Americans oppose a military strike on Iran
# Iran has imposed travel bans on star actresses

# "Russia's Summer of Idealism" - Sasha Senderovich, "International Herald Tribune"
# "Plain Stupidity Caused the Krasnodar Floods" - Yulia Latynina, "Moscow Times"
# Four men were sentenced to jail time for disrupting a public meeting in Krymsk

# "The Washington Post" reports on governance in Afghanistan
# "China's Asphalt Powerplay in Pakistan" - Hasnain Kazim, "Der Spiegel"

Of Interest
# Heavy fighting has been reported in Damascus
# "Serbia's Mayor" - Andrew Kirtzman, "The New Republic"
# HSBC has apologized over money laundering claims
# No, the web is not driving us mad

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# The White House announced nominees for ambassadorships to Afghanistan and Pakistan
# "The U.S.-Pakistan Catastrophe" - Doug Bandow, "National Interest"
# The House passed the 2013 State Dept. authorization bill