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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* A group of 11 Russians were charged in New York with involvement in a multimillion-dollar scheme to "steal American technology" for Russian military and intelligence agencies, CBS News reported

* Georgian billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, the leader of the Georgian Dream coalition that won October 1 parliamentary elections, has said his first foreign visit will be to the United States, the Novosti-Gruzia agency reported

* The North Atlantic Council agreed to extend NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s term in office until the end of July 2014

* The UN World Food Program (WFP) will send 800,000 euros worth of food supplies to Tajikistan, WFP press service official Malokhat Shabanova said

RUSSIA

* Despite its harsh rebuke of Russia on Tuesday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) stopped short of imposing stricter monitoring on Russia in a move analysts said will not be a game-changer for EU-Russian relations

* Al Qaeda is responsible for the recent spate of forest fires in Europe, Russian security service chief Alexander Bortnikov claimed

* A court in the Ural’s city of Yekaterinburg has fined a female staff member of a local university 100,000 rubles ($3,000) for posting an on-line copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf on her personal website

BUSINESS

* Lithuania has initiated a 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) lawsuit against Gazprom with the Stockholm Arbitration Tribunal, for what is says were overpriced gas supplies, the Lithuanian Energy Ministry said

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