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WORLD

* The “Friends of Syria” group recognized the Opposition Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, the Moroccan news agency MAP said

* North Korea’s official news agency said a carrier rocket has delivered into orbit the second version of Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite

* The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague sentenced retired Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir to life in prison for his role in ethnic cleansing campaign during the 1992-95 Bosnian War

* Tributes poured following the death in California of Indian sitar legend Ravi Shankar, who died in San Diego at the age of 92

RUSSIA

* Russian President Vladimir Putin’s first state-of-the-nation address after returning to the Kremlin earlier this year outlined a broad strategy for domestic development

* President Vladimir Putin warned against foreign interference in Russia’s domestic affairs during his state-of-the-nation address, casting local political actors who get money from abroad as a fifth column serving foreign interests

* Russia risks entering a new demographic crisis unless it acts to capitalize on recent successes, President Vladimir Putin warned

* The municipal authorities in Moscow refused to okay a planned opposition Freedom March, city security chief Alexei Mayorov said

BUSINESS

* Russian Railways (RZD) has transported its billionth passenger since the start of this year, the highest level since 2008, RZD’s West-Siberian branch reported in a sign the rail monopoly's business has recovered from the 2008-2009 crisis

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