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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

RUSSIA

* Wladimir Klitschko put Alexander Povetkin through a 12-round pummeling Sunday to defend his four heavyweight titles with ease in a points win over the previously unbeaten Russian in Moscow.

* Russia is looking at ways to use the World Trade Organization (WTO) to arbitrate in commercial disputes with the European Union, a deputy economic development minister said Sunday.

* Russian President Vladimir Putin lit a cauldron with the Sochi 2014 Olympic flame on Sunday in a grandiose ceremony on Moscow’s Red Square marking the beginning of a relay that will see the flame visit almost every corner of the country.

* Russian state oil giant Rosneft has plans to extract oil in the next 100 years and sees no significant threat from the increase in shale gas production in the United States, CEO Igor Sechin told journalists Sunday.

WORLD

* Israel and the U.S. are on the same page regarding the need to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, an official said Saturday night after President Barack Obama told The Associated Press that Iran is at least a year away from the bomb.

* In an interview with a German magazine, Syrian President Bashar Assad has accused the West of lies about the use of chemical weapons in Syria and said Russia understands the reality of the conflict in his country “much better,” than the United States.

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