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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


    The Syrian army opened up a huge offensive against rebel forces on four fronts, Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadin reported.

    North Korea launched on Sunday another short-range missile, a day after firing three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan, Yonhap news agency reported, referring to South Korea’ Defense Ministry.

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he was concerned over North Korea’s latest short-range missile launches and called on Pyongyang to return to six-party talks on its controversial nuclear program.

    At least 50 people were injured after a car ploughed into a crowd of people participating in a parade in the US state of Virginia, CNN reported.

    A Russian tourist died after a fight with his compatriot and fellow-traveler in a coastal city of Nha Trang in southern Vietnam, The Tuoi Tre News website reported.

    The European Union appealed to Russia not to introduce a law banning so-called “gay propaganda.”

    Russia has decided to leave a prototype T-90S battle tank in Lima, Peru, for trials by the Peruvian military, Russian state arms corporation Rosoboronexport said.



    Ryan Fogle, the man Russia's security services claimed to have captured last week as he tried to recruit a Russian to spy for the United States, left Russia, NTV television reported.

    The Russian government may cut the state's holding in Rosneft, the nation's largest oil company, to 51 percent, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

    Russia is ready to develop jointly with Turkey a long-range air defense complex based on S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, state arms seller Rosoboronexport head Sergei Ladygin said.

    Russia’s Public Television started broadcasting, offering TV viewers newscasts, films, entertainment and cognitive programs.

    The returnable capsule of a biological research satellite landed in the Russian Orenburg Region, bringing mice, gerbils, geckos and microorganisms and plants back to Earth after their month-long flight, Mission Control said.

    A car journey across Russia by former adult video star Sasha Grey ended after a Russian-made Lada Kalina she was driving broke down three days after the start.



    Alex Galchenyuk scored twice in a shootout as the United States won its first medal at the world hockey championship in a decade with a 3-2 win over Finland in the bronze medal game.

    World number five Rafael Nadal defended his title at the ATP Rome Masters with his easiest victory over Roger Federer ever, prevailing 6-1, 6-3 in just 72 minutes.

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