• The Rundown -- July 30
    RFE/RL in the Media   # Business Insider cites Tom Balmforth's report on efforts to brand certain governments "aggressor countries" # CNN, affiliate, use Iraqi Service video of Christian march in Dohuk   Russia # New sanctions: Here's where they'll hurt; but still plenty of loopholes  # "The West Has Cornered Putin—and That's When He's Most Dangerous" - Julia Ioffe, "New...
  • Obama's Russia Envoy Nominee: U.S. Will 'Never Accept' Crimea Takeover
    The nominee to be next U.S. ambassador to Russia says the United States will "never accept" the Kremlin’s annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and cannot ignore Russia's actions in the Ukraine crisis.
  • Former Yukos Official Satisfied With Court Award
    Former Yukos oil company Vice President Leonid Nevzlin told RFE/RL's Belarus Service he is satisfied with the $50 billion a court in the Netherlands ordered Russia to pay although he said it might take some time to actually see any of that money.
  • U.S. Adds Russian Banks, Shipbuilding Company To Sanctions List
    The U.S. Treasury Department has added three banks to a list of sectoral sanctions and sanctioned one shipbuilding company in response to Russia's actions in Ukraine.
  • Iraq's Holy Sites Reduced To Rubble
    The Islamic State initially exhibited some restraint after entering northwestern Iraq in June, focusing on establishing control and gaining the trust of local Sunnis. But as the self-declared caliphate has grown more comfortable, it has revealed its radical aims by destroying anything that conflicts with its strict interpretation of Islam.
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