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The Rundown - October 18

RFE/RL In the News
# "Democracy Digest" links to RFE/RL's Facebook chat with Radio Mashaal

International Press Review

# Western diplomats think Iran's economy could collapse as early as next spring
# Iran and Turkey have joined calls for a cease fire in Syria
# Iranian hackers have launched cyber attacks against a couple U.S. banks

# Russia's security services are to "outsmart and outmuscle Islamist militants"
# The Rosneft-TNK-BP deal seems to be closing
# Sergei Udaltsov had a "meeting" with investigators yesterday
# "Mr. Putin's Gift to Terrorists" - Editorial, "The New York Times"

# An estimated 1 million children missed polio vaccinations in Pakistan this year
# Is "Radio Mullah" to blame for the attack on Malala Yousafzai?
# "Reuters" on Taliban advances in Bamiyan

In House
# A look at Russia's penal colonies
# Luke Allnutt on all that hate for Facebook
# Rob Coalson on the shifting media landscape in Georgia

RFE/RL Broadcast Region
# "The Wall St. Journal" on the political ambitions of Vitali Klitschko
# Tajikistan may be sitting on vast energy reserves
# CSTO training exercises just ended in Kazakhstan

Of Interest
# A look inside Google's data center
# How was the moon created?

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Anne Applebaum on the need for diplomats to take security risks
# "Bill & Hillary Forever" - John Heilemann, "New York Magazine"
# "The Five Worst Ideas Romney & Obama Agree On" - Josh Barro, "Bloomberg"