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    A roundup of what has happened over the past 24 hours


    * St. Petersburg authorities revoked their permission to hold an event in support of civil rights for Russia’s gay and transsexual community on July 7, a spokesperson for the St. Petersburg governor said

    * Most Russians believe that mutual understanding and support of family is more important than financial wealth, according to a poll carried out by Russia's state-run polling agency VTsIOM.

    * The Russian military will begin employing a breed of dog created in the Red Army kennels in the mid-20th century and known in English as “Stalin’s dogs,” a military spokesman said

    * Russia's Aviastar aircraft plant has completed the first flying prototype of the Ilyushin Il-76MD-90A transport aircraft and sent it off for test-flights, the plant's general director, Sergei Dementyev, said

    * The Russian Knights, one of the world’s best aerobatic teams, missed on Thursday the planned deadline for their departure to the British airshow in Farnborough over the lack of Russian bureaucratic paperwork, a source from the team said

    * A newly-built bridge opened by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok ahead of September’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, will be closed for “waterproofing and asphalt laying,” Pacific Bridge Construction Company (TMK) said


    * The European Central Bank cut a key interest rate by 0.25 percent to a record low 0.75 percent to stimulate bank lending and spur economic growth, the regulator said

    * Iran’s Defense Ministry and The Aerospace Industries Organization have launched a $4 bln law suit against Russia’s state arms corporation Rosoboronexport in an international court in Geneva over a deal to buy missiles suspended by Russia, Rosoboronexport said in its annual report

    * Members of the world’s No.1 terrorist organization Al Qaeda infiltrate Syria via Iraq to carry out terrorist attacks, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said

    * Sir Elton John will be presented with the Medal of Gratitude from Poland this weekend for his contribution in bringing down the Communist regime, the European Solidarity Center said



    * Serena Williams downed Victoria Azarenka in straight setsto join Agniezska Radwanska in the Wimbledon final

    * Barcelona have attached a €90 million buy-out clause to Spain left-back Jordi Alba, who joined from Valencia during Euro 2012

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