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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

RUSSIA

* Political activists gathered in downtown Moscow on the Russia Day public holiday, braving rain showers for an anti-Kremlin rally as its organizers were called in for questioning during the event

* A female staffer in Russia’s Defense Ministry has received a promotion to become the ministry’s sole female general, following a decree by the country’s supreme commander posted on the Kremlin website

* Moscow is ready to host an international conference on Syria to discuss peaceful settlement of the Syrian crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* Russia’s state-controlled arms trader Rosoboronexport intends to fulfill its contract for the supply of armaments to Syria, Rosoboronexport Deputy CEO Igor Sevastyanov said

* Russian opposition leaders who were summoned by Russia’s Investigative Committee as part of a probe into the May 6 riots have appeared for questioning

WORLD

* Fifty-six people have been arrested after violence flared at a march of Russian fans in the Polish capital Warsaw, Warsaw police said

* Yemen faces international isolation in case efforts to stabilize situation in the country and reform its law enforcement agencies fall through, UN Security Council said in a resolution

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered a nationwide amnesty to mark Independence Day on July 3, prompting talks about release of political prisoners in the country

* A Soviet-era fighter jet crashed in Belarus, killing the man piloting the aircraft, the country’s Defense Ministry said

* Iran has begun development of its own nuclear-powered submarines, FARS news agency reported quoting the Iranian fleet's deputy commander Vice-Admiral Abbas Zamini

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