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WORLD

* A Syrian Christian church representative in New York called for the world community to peacefully resolve the “endless war” in Syria, amid US talks of military intervention in the two-year civil war

* The Pentagon has opened a criminal investigation of a US Army aviation unit which granted contracts worth tens of millions of dollars to Russian and US firms for maintenance and overhaul of Russian helicopters, Reuters reported

* US President Barack Obama should be stripped of his Nobel Peace Prize if the United States carries out a military strike on Syria, Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian parliament’s International Affairs Committee, said

* The UK government has lost a vital parliamentary vote endorsing military operation in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, British media reported

RUSSIA

* President Vladimir Putin said elections scheduled for September 8 in Russia’s flood-hit Far East should not be postponed, despite talk that they could be held next year instead

* US Secretary of State John Kerry said Russian “obstructionism” in the UN Security Council has pushed Washington to act against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, which the United States has blamed for a deadly chemical weapons attack last week, without waiting for a UN resolution

* A Russian presidential aide demanded the "immediate release" of Vladislav Baumgertner, the chief executive of Russia’s largest fertilizer company, whose detention in neighboring Belarus earlier this week has apparently sparked the latest in a long line of trade wars between the two neighbors

POLITICS

* There are no plans for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Barack Obama, to have a meeting at the upcoming G20 summit in St. Petersburg, but the two leaders will have a chance to talk there, a Russian presidential aide said

BUSINESS

* Russian President Vladimir Putin called for Russians considering buying a ship to buy it from a domestic manufacturer, and for Russian shipbuilders to keep up with the standards of their competition

DEFENSE

* Russia is developing an unmanned combat air vehicle based on the T-50 fifth-generation fighter jet, the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) said

* A command station for Russia’s Pantsir-S1 mobile air-defense weapon system has been demonstrated for the first time at the MAKS airshow near Moscow, the developer said

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