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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours.

RUSSIA

*Russian mobile phones' retailers on Sunday cut off about $100 for iPhone 4 because of the low demand

*Russia is halfway past its efforts to create an international financial center in Moscow, President Dmitry Medvedev said

*Russia will set up a sovereign fund, intended to lure foreign investment to modernize the Russian economy, in summer, President Dmitry Medvedev said

*Rescuers have extinguished ten wildfires on an area of 799 hectares in the Russian Far East over the past 24 hours, the press office of the Emergencies Ministry said

*Radiation levels are within the norm in all districts of Russia's Far East as of early Sunday morning despite the accident at the Japanese nuclear power plant in March, a spokesman for the regional emergencies ministry said

*Russian cosmonaut Andrei Borisenko, a flight engineer of the 27th International Space Station (ISS) expedition, will celebrate his 47th birthday on board of the station on Sunday, a spokesman for the Russian Mission Control center said

 

WORLD

*Egyptian prosecutors questioned on Saturday Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, sons of the ousted Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, a spokesman for Egyptian Prosecutor's General office has said

*Britain has no plans over the ground campaign in Libya, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Sunday in an interview with Sky News

*At least six people have been killed and another 47 wounded in renewed shelling of the western Libyan city of Misrata by the forces loyal to Libya's strongman Muammar Gaddafi, the Arab TV channel Al Jazeera reported

*The death toll from last month's 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami in Japan has reached 13,778, while nearly 14,141 remain unaccounted for, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported, citing data from police

*Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of Japan's quake-hit Fukushima nuke plant, aims to bring the plant's damaged reactors to a stable condition known as a ''cold shutdown'' in about six to nine months, the Japanese news agency Kyodo reported

*Office terms of high-ranking officials in Cuba should be limited to 10 years, Cuban President Raul Castro told the 6th Communist Party Congress which opened in Havana

*The 6th Cuban Communist Party Congress opened in Havana on Saturday to chart the new social and economic course for the country

 

 

 

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