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The Rundown - January 24

RFE/RL In The Media
# RFE/RL's Brian Whitmore contributes to the @Davos report on Russia
# A documentary on freedom of speech in Azerbaijan features RFE/RL's Khadija Ismayilova

International Press Review

# "Iran’s Nuclear Gamble" - John Mundy, "CIC"
# No one's buying Iran's new nuclear talk proposals

# "Der Spiegel" interviews Alexei Kudrin
# Clifford Levy discusses the Bolshoi acid attack
# Russia will submit its claims on the Arctic by the end of the year

# The Taliban has inflicted heavy losses on Afghan security forces
# Do Pakistanis really hate the drone war?
# "The Monstrous Failure of US Aid to Afghanistan" - Joel Brinkley, "World Affairs Journal"

# DNA may be the new hard drive
# A long read on the business of social media
# Siri, where did you come from?

RFE/RL Target Region
# Ukraine will sign a $10 billion gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell
# Steve LeVine on ExxonMobil's oil deals in Iraq
# Kudos to this Ukrainian boy for watching deep sea camera feeds

Of Interest
# North Korea says it will "target the U.S." with its next nuclear test
# The Dead Sea Scrolls head to court

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# Hillary Clinton testified on the Benghazi attack [full transcript][part on the BBG]
# John Allen's nomination to be SAC NATO is back on track
# The U.S. will allow women soldiers to serve in "close combat"
# Security guards at U.S. Embassy Kabul have reportedly been lying about hours worked
# A debt limit deal passed the House