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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* At least 49 people survived in a plane crash in northeast China, Chinese media reported

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he will support the leader of U2 Bono in his efforts to fight HIV/AIDS

* Russian businessman Viktor Bout, suspected by Washington of arms trafficking, will be extradited from Thailand to the United States on Wednesday, Thai English-language daily the Nation said

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he would continue to implement democratic reform

* Mexico's Jimena Navarrete won the Miss Universe beauty pageant in Las Vegas

RUSSIA

* Thailand has not officially notified Russia on the date Russian businessman Viktor Bout, suspected by Washington of arms trafficking, will be extradited to the United States, the Foreign Ministry said

* The largest airborne military exercises since the collapse of the Soviet Union have kicked off in central Russia, an airborne troops spokesman said

* The 2-year-old daughter of a doctor, who was killed in a high-profile car crash in February, may sue the vice president of Russia's largest oil company LUKoil, Anatoly Barkov, for his part in the accident, a Moscow investigations department source said

BUSINESS

* The U.S. Poultry and Egg Council (USAPEEC) has given assurance that all poultry meat products exported to Russia contain no salmonella bacteria, the council said in a statement

* A Bulgarian delegation will hold talks in Moscow on September 8-9 on construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline

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