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The Rundown -- May 9

Afternoon Edition


# "A New Spring in the Age of Freedom" - Mosharraf Zaidi, "India Today"
# Pakistan's electoral winner will likely be calling the IMF
# The U.S. will keep nine bases in Afghanistan

# "Will the Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Spread to Iraq?" - Mohammed Ayoob, "Real Clear World"

# "Swampland" - Anna Nemtsova, "Foreign Policy"

Boston Bombing
# Ellen Barry on Tamerlan Tsarnaev's six-month visit to Daghestan

Of Interest
# The story of an Italian paparazzo who was wkilled by a professional hitman
# A suspect in the Spamhaus DDoS attack has been extradited
# Video footage of the gas blast in Prague

Science & Technology
# Lots of people are up for heading to Mars

Morning Edition

RFE/RL In The Media

# Read RFE/RL in "The Atlantic" on gender imbalance in Georgia
# TOL cites RFE/RL reporting on Azerbaijan

International Press Review


# Russia may sell S-300 systems to Syria as new peace talks are planned
# Vladimir Surkov is out of the Kremlin
# "Don’t ’Reset’ With Putin, Crack Down on Him" - Elisa Massimino, "Bloomberg"
# A dispatch from Boris Berezovsky's funeral

# "U.S. Must Pay Attention to Iran's Unfair Election" - Mehdi Khalaji, Washington Institute
# A report on Iran's missile technology
# RSF on the media situation in Iran

# Patronage is alive and well in Pakistan
# Imran Khan: Pakistan's wildcard
# "Can Pakistan Legally Shoot Down U.S. Drones?" - Dawood I. Ahmed, "Foreign Policy"
# NATO is probing charges of misconduct in southern Afghanistan

RFE/RL Target Region
# Iraq may slide into civil war
# PKK fighters have begun withdrawing from Turkey
# How Georgia dealt with drug addicts

Boston Bombing
# The Tsarnaev brothers have not been linked to any terrorist group
# A relative in Daghestan calls Tamerlan "a prominent Islamist"

Of Interest
# Google's Schmidt says the web needs a "delete" button
# The updated "AP" social media guidelines
# The "sharing economy" may be a bit over-stated
# How noise-cancelling headphones work

U.S. Politics/Foreign Policy
# FP: "The Six Things We Learned from the Benghazi Hearing"
# The Cleveland kidnapper delivered his baby