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    A roundup of what has happened over the past 24 hours

    RUSSIA

    * Rescuers saved 872 people from deadly floods last weekend in Russia’s southern Krymsk district – and at least one cat, by proxy, Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov said

    * Moscow objects to a draft resolution on Syria submitted to the UN Security Council by a number of Western nations, since it may lead to the use of force against Damascus, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said

    *A Russian draft law that would label non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose political activities are funded from abroad “foreign agents” is reminiscent of methods used by Soviet secret police, the head of the Council of Europe said

    *Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai repeated his call on the Taliban to put down arms and join the process of national reconciliation in the war-torn central Asian country

    WORLD

    *The Obama administration on Thursday sought to increase pressure on Iran by imposing additional sanctions against companies and people involved in the country's nuclear and missile programs

    * Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Viktor Yanukovych on Thursday signed a preliminary agreement on the delimitation of the maritime border between the two countries in the Kerch Strait

    SPORTS

    * The Russian government has tabled a change in the law aimed at extending its control over many of the country’s sports federations, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told R-Sport

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