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The Rundown - January 17

RFE/RL In The Media
# Al-Monitor links to RFE/RL reporting on Iraqi Kurdistan
# Roxana Saberi links to RFE/RL reporting on Iran's warning to outside media

International Press Review

# Some pessimism on the latest nuclear talks with Iran
# The trials and tribulations of Iranian money
# U.S. banks want help with cyber attacks they say are being carried out by Iran
# "Tight Times in the Grand Bazaar" - Sune Engel Rasmussen, "Foreign Policy"
# Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has some plans to get around sanctions

# A bit of discord at the top over the Russian economy
# Reputed mob boss Aslan Usoyan was shot dead in Moscow
# Russia is planning a moon mission for 2015

# Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) is investigating Tahirul Qadri
# "Coup Season" - Arif Rafiq, "Foreign Policy"

RFE/RL Target Region
# The MTS subsudiary in Uzbekistan has filed for bankruptcy [RFE/RL reporting]
# Shell is close to a $10 billion deal on shale gas in Ukraine
# The Twitter troll patrol in Azerbaijan may be largely automated
# A profile of drug kingpin Darko Saric
# Amidst the drug smugglers in Tajikistan
# Kokpar will be a pro sport in Kazakhstan

Of Interest
# Foreign oil workers have been kidnapped in Algeria
# The U.S. State Dept. backtracks on chemical weapons in Syria
# Inside Facebook's new search function

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# "Obama, Offer Iran a Generous Deal" - Patrick Clawson, "The Atlantic"