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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

*With 21 percent of ballots counted, the incumbent Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev is leading in the presidential elections with 64.75 percent of votes, the Central Election Committee said

*China will launch 20 carrier rockets with 25 satellites into space by the end of the year, what would make China the world's second country after Russia on the amount of space launches, Xinhua quoted on Sunday an aerospace expert as saying

*The death toll from a devastating earthquake in southeastern Turkey has risen to 596, while 4,100 people are reported injured, the country's emergencies ministry said

*Russia is urging Israel and Palestine to exclude violence in the Gaza Strip and comply with the ceasefire accord, the Russian Foreign Ministry said

*Western intervention against Syria, which has been rocked with protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime, could cause 'an earthquake' that would 'burn the whole region,' Assad said in an interview with The Sunday Times

*Chinese police arrested 12,125 suspects in a recent nationwide campaign to fight Internet-based drug addiction and sale, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, referring to China's Ministry of Public Security

RUSSIA

*Many Russians appeared an hour late at work as their mobile devices and personal computers automatically switched to the winter time that was scrapped by Russia back in March

*Russia hopes to finish talks on gaining membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) by the end of the year, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said

*A drunk and naked driver lost control during driving in Moscow and smashed a total of 17 cars, including four police vehicles, the Moscow police said

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