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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

    WORLD

    *A Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman called on the UN Security Council to ensure the protection of foreign civilians in Syria.

    *US President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday that he is taking on the issue of gun violence in America by immediately forming a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden to develop comprehensive proposals in the wake of Friday’s shooting massacre at an elementary school.

     

    RUSSIA

    *Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected allegations that he had constructed an “authoritarian regime” during his years in power, touting the country’s stability and adding that he had not made any major mistakes he would want to fix.

    *They are the people whom many Russians blame for “gay propaganda,” but at least they are not afraid to speak out on the issue.

     

    BUSINESS

    *The Export-Import Bank of China (Eximbank) will grant Belarus over $600 million in preferential loans towards the implementation of national infrastructural projects, the Belarusian government said.

    *Kyrgyzstan has offered Russian energy giant Gazprom the chance to buy 75 percent of the national gas company Kyrgyzgas for just $1, to help the beleaguered Kyrgyz firm settle its debt woes and cut the republic’s dependence on gas imports, Kyrgyzgas Deputy General Director Kuralbek Naskeyev said.

     

    SCIENCE

    *Russia’s Sevmash shipyard officially launched construction work on a Project 09852 deep-sea nuclear powered submersible.

     

    CRIME

    *A man who died from five stab wounds to the chest after a road rage incident in St. Petersburg “committed suicide,” the city branch of the Investigative Committee said.

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