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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* The Iran Six will not tolerate delaying tactics from Tehran on a UN-sponsored nuclear fuel deal, the French foreign minister said

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his British counterpart David Miliband signed joint statements in Moscow on Monday on nuclear nonproliferation, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace process

* Iran said on Monday it wanted more talks on a UN nuclear deal, including fuel delivery guarantees, and also stated it would like to buy directly enriched material

* An outbreak of swine flu, which hit Ukraine last week, has claimed the lives of 22 people, the country's deputy health minister said

* The number of casualties from a massive explosion in the city of Rawalpindi, near the capital of Islamabad, has grown to 34, Pakistani TV-channel Geo reported

* Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election on Monday when officials scrapped the second round of voting following the withdrawal of his opponent

* UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Afghanistan on Monday for meetings with President Hamid Karzai and leading opposition figure Abdullah Abdullah, the UN mission in Afghanistan said

* More than 285,000 people in southwestern China were affected on Monday by an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale that shook the province of Yunnan, Chinese media reported

* All education establishments in Ukraine's capital were closed on Monday until further notice due to a flu epidemic that has killed 53 people, according to the ex-Soviet state's Health Ministry

* U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived on Sunday in Morocco to discuss advancing the Middle East peace process with Arab and Group of Eight countries, the Voice of America reported

RUSSIA

* Russian-Israeli businessman Shabtai von Kalmanovich was shot dead in central Moscow on Monday, bringing an end to a colorful life that had seen a flirtation with showbiz and a conviction for spying

* A total of 144 militants have been killed during special operations in Russia's North Caucasus since April, the interior minister of the republic of Chechnya said

* Russia is ready to support and join a new agreement on climate change that could be adopted in December in Denmark, but on two key conditions, the Russian prime minister said

* Russia's foreign minister and his British counterpart reiterated on Monday their opposing positions on the extradition from Russia of the chief suspect in a high-profile London murder, and moved on to patching up strained ties between the countries

* Russia has no plans to completely abandon nuclear weapons, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* Two European satellites, the SMOS spacecraft and the Proba-2 mini-satellite, were successfully put into orbit by a Rokot carrier rocket on Monday, a spokesman for Russia's Federal Space Agency said

BUSINESS

* Japanese automaker Nissan has launched the production of X-Trail crossover sport utility vehicles at its facility in Russia's second largest city, the company's Russian division said

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