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WORLD

* Even without UN Security Council approval, a foreign military operation in Syria would be lawful under the doctrine of humanitarian intervention, applied in 1999 to justify the NATO campaign in Kosovo, the British government said

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said that he was convinced his country would sign a free-trade deal with the European Union as part of a broader association agreement

RUSSIA

* President Vladimir Putin met farmers’ leaders and regional officials in Russia’s Far East to see the effects of the massive flooding across the region that has devastated agriculture there

* More than $12 billion in contracts have been signed at the MAKS-2013 international air and space show near Moscow, a sum exceeding the $10 billion record set in 2009

* Russia hit back at two mainstays of the Belarusian economy this week after Minsk arrested the head of Russia’s largest fertilizer company, imposing cuts on oil exports and threatening food imports in moves that it insists have no connection to the arrest

* The redeployment of Russian Naval vessels in the Mediterranean Sea is part of a planned rotation and is not linked with the worsening situation in Syria, a Russian Naval spokesperson said

* The S-300 advanced air defense missile systems that Russia refused to deliver to Iran have now been completely dismantled and scrapped, the CEO of the company that built them said

* Artillery units of Russia’s Airborne Assault Forces will participate in an international exercise for the first time in two decades, the Defense Ministry said

* Construction work has begun on a sixth attack missile boat for the Russian Navy’s Caspian Flotilla, a shipyard representative told RIA Novosti

* Russia’s and Europe’s space agencies are considering teaming up to study the largest moon in the solar system, Jupiter’s Ganymede, the European Space Agency (ESA) chief said

* Scientists in Europe have replicated an experiment first done in Russia 10 years ago and confirmed discovery of a new chemical element, US media and researchers reported this week

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