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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* Despite an ultimatum by the European Union’s executive branch, Ukraine will not consider pardoning jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko until all judicial proceedings against her are completed, the country’s justice minister said

* The 14-carat gold wedding ring that US President John F. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, bought in Minsk before his marriage in 1961 to Russian-born Marina Prusakova, sold at auction in Boston on Thursday for $108,000

* The number of Russians seeking asylum in the United States spiked by nearly 16 percent this year, a jump that comes amid anecdotal evidence that more and more Russians are petitioning for stateside sanctuary based on claims of persecution due to their sexual orientation

* A boiler explosion at a candy factory in the north of Mexico has left dozens of people injured, media reported citing officials

* The US National Security Agency monitored the phone calls of 35 world leaders, reveals a classified document from whistleblower Edward Snowden, media reported

* Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's lawyers may try to save him from the death penalty in the Boston Marathon bombing by arguing he fell under the murderous influence of his older brother, legal experts say

* India’s share in research-and-development work for the joint Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) project with Russia is currently limited by India's domestic industrial capabilities but will gradually increase with the project’s implementation, a Russian military expert said

* A Ukrainian has been sentenced to life in prison for preparing terror attacks near mosques in the United Kingdom and stabbing to death an elderly man in a racially motivated attack, local police said

* A Ukrainian man labeled by US authorities as “one of the premier vendors of stolen credit card data in the world” has appeared in a Florida court to face fraud charges in the state, the Sun Sentinel has reported

* The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg will begin hearings on November 6 into a case of Greenpeace activists being detained by Russian authorities during a protest at an oil rig in the Arctic Pechora Sea

* The head of the US National Security Agency (NSA) has slammed media outlets for publishing classified documents leaked by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, accusing them of “selling” the documents and “convoluting” the data they contain

* Two former top Kyrgyz officials have been detained over alleged corruption schemes linked to the country’s biggest goldmine, Kumtor, run by Canadian operator Centerra Gold.

RUSSIA

* A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying a US telecoms satellite lifted off on Friday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, said a spokesman for the Russian space agency Roscosmos

* A new mega-watchdog to oversee Russia’s scientific research programs was set up by the government on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said

* Russian legislators unanimously passed a law Friday forcing the relatives of terrorists to pay for the damages caused by their attacks

* When Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested on this day in 2003, it was widely assumed he was paying the price for confronting the Kremlin

* Russia ranked a modest 61st of 136 world economies on gender inequality in a new global study unveiled Friday, largely due to a wage gap and lack of political representation for women

*Police officers have killed a suspected militant who opened fire on them in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Interior Ministry reported

* Police officers in Russia’s Volga Federal District have detained a 27-year-old man from the regional city of Ulyanovsk suspected of abducting his ex-girlfriend’s brother, the regional department of the Interior Ministry reported

* Another person injured in a recent suicide bombing attack on a bus in south Russia will be taken to Moscow for treatment, regional authorities reported

* Investigators in Russia’s Siberian city of Chita said Friday that an unidentified person has firebombed the local headquarters of the powerful Investigative Committee

* Russia has filed a second extradition request for a Russian pilot sentenced to 20 years in jail in the United States for conspiring to smuggle drugs, a Foreign Ministry official said

* Anti-terrorism officials say police in Russia’s turbulent republic of Dagestan killed two armed men in a firefight Friday morning and later detected a trove of explosives and weapons in their car

* Russia will cancel oil export duties to Belarus if Minsk removes all tariffs to conform to the requirements of the Moscow-led Customs Union, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said

* A man in the southern Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria has been held on suspicion of aiding a terrorist gang accused of at least five murders, local police said

SPORT

* The Russian anti-doping agency says runners Elizaveta Grechishnikova and Ekaterina Ishova have been banned two years for doping

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