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Main News of May 27

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* The situation in Syria poses a serious threat to the entire Middle East region, Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh said

* North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for the rapid completion of a "world-class" ski resort in the isolated northeast Asian state, national media have reported

* Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are preparing to take part in a large-scale international exercise, Saber Strike, to take place in early June, Estonian TV reported

* At least 26 people were killed by a devastating tornado in Oklahoma last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said

* The United States will consider Hezbollah’s declared involvement in the Syrian conflict when deciding on whether to supply further aid to Syrian opposition forces, a White House spokesman said 

* About 300 people were detained when a rally against France’s new gay marriage law sparked clashes between police and protestors, Le Parisien said

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris on Monday evening to discuss preparations for the upcoming international conference on Syria

* A rocket was fired towards Israel from the territory of southern Lebanon early on Monday, the Al Mayadeen satellite TV said

* The government of Serbia has approved a plan to improve relations with Kosovo in line with the April 19 agreement, the government’s press service said

* Former Bank of Moscow head Andrei Borodin, whom the Russian Interior Ministry has put on an international wanted list, could lose a major part of his wealth after the Swiss authorities allowed the bank to sue for damages, Kommersant newspaper writes

* The US State Department has lifted sanctions against Belarusian arms exporter Beltechexport, which it imposed against the company almost two years ago, Beltechexport said in a statement

* Activists in the Siberian city of Tomsk will plant flowers in the deepest potholes in the city's streets in a bid to draw the municipal authorities' attention to the dire condition of the roads, the Tomsk Roads movement said

* China plans to take part in the upcoming international conference on Syria proposed earlier by Russia and the United States, Hong Lei, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said

* Tajikistan unblocked access to YouTube on Monday, just days after a ban was placed on the popular video-sharing website for the third time in less than a year, a representative of the country’s internet industry said

* The Syrian conflict that has torn the country apart for more than two years now continues because Damascus refuses to succumb to US threats, Syrian ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad said

RUSSIA

* The coast guard division of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) will deploy four new warships to protect the nation's Arctic zone by 2020, the FSB press service said

* Russia's Defense Minister ordered a snap combat readiness check of the nation's Aerospace Defense and long range and military transport aviation units on Monday, General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov said

* The board of directors of Rosbank, the Russian subsidiary of French banking giant Societe Generale, has fired Rosbank’s CEO Vladimir Golubkov following accusations of bribe-taking against him, the bank said on its website

* The Russian government will provide 265 billion rubles ($8.5 billion) in state guarantees to defense industry enterprises this year, to ensure weapons are delivered on time in accordance with the national procurement program, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said

* Russia's first standardized state exams for entrance to university and college were on the verge of failure on Monday, after the appearance of the test answers online threatened to derail the process

* The foreign ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), an intergovernmental military alliance of former Soviet states, has backed a Russian-US initiative to hold an international peace conference for Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has described the Chechen immigrant killed in the US last week by FBI agents amid questioning over his connection to the alleged Boston bombers as “a good guy"

* Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas in Sochi on Monday to discuss bilateral ties

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