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    * Syrian opposition activists say at least 200 people have been killed in an assault by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on a village in the central Hama province, Western media reported

    * The Indian Army successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile, CNN-IBN television reported

    * The General Staff of Turkey’s Armed Forces backed down from its previous claim that its fighter jet was downed last month by Syrian forces

    * The issue of Russian S-300 air-defense system delivery to Iran could still be resolved, an Iranian lawmaker said

     

    RUSSIA

    * Russia's lower house of parliament passed a bill forcing non-government organizations (NGO) engaged in political activity with foreign financing to be classed as "foreign agents"

    * Russia's state-run arms company denied that any of its warships presently heading for Syria were carrying Mil Mi-25 helicopter gunships it had tried to deliver last month in a civilian cargo vessel, and said they were still on board that ship

    * A Russian state commission gave the final approval for the main and backup crews of a new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) ahead of their launch on July 15

     

    BUSINESS

    * Russia's RusAl, the world's largest aluminum producer, denied it plans to close its last working enterprise in Jamaica and lay off 600 workers, Izvestia daily newspaper reported

     

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