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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

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    * Doctors have sent 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by Taliban gunmen last week, to the UK for treatment – Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations department said.

    * The EU has banned natural gas imports from Iran in a new set of sanctions designed to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic to cooperate in talks on Iran’s controversial nuclear program, EU foreign ministers said in a statement.

    * The Philippine government signed a historic peace accord with Muslim rebels waging a four-decade insurgency.

    * Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych instructed the government to take urgent measures to free a Ukrainian reporter allegedly kidnapped three days ago in Syria.

    * Americans Alvin E. Roth from Harvard and Lloyd S. Shapley from the University of California have been awarded the Nobel Prize for economics, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced.

    * Clashes between Sudan’s army and rebels in the state of South Kordofan, bordering South Sudan, erupted after a week of relative calm in the oil-rich region which has been torn by violence since June last year.

    * Greece and the troika of international lenders (EU, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund) are likely to miss their scheduled date - an EU summit on October 18 - to agree measures to sort out the Greek economy in exchange for new credit, Greek Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras said.

    * In a giant leap from more than 24 miles up, a daredevil skydiver shattered the sound barrier while making the highest jump ever - a tumbling, death-defying plunge from a balloon to a safe landing in the New Mexico desert.

    * Lithuanians rejected a proposal to build a nuclear power plant in a referendum, the country's election authorities said.

    * The ex-king of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk has died, local media reported.

    * The extradition hearing for Maxim Bakiyev, son of Kyrgyzstan's ex-president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has been set for December 7, Westminster Magistrates Court said.

    RUSSIA



    * Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied a report by a leading human rights organization that Syrian authorities used Russian-made cluster bombs against rebels.

    * The air defense units of Russia’s Southern Military District will be rearmed with advanced S-400 Triumf air defense systems by the end of 2012, a spokesman for the district said.

    * A zoo manager in the Russian city of Krasnoyarsk has been suspended after a third giraffe in a month died, the local mayor's office said.

    SPORTS

    * Coach Fabio Capello said he will tweak the Russian lineup ahead of their World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan on Tuesday.

    * Mikhail Youzhny completed a straight-sets victory over Brian Baker in the first round of the Stockholm Open.

    * Domenico Criscito is glad to return to the Italy squad and now wants to represent his country at the 2014 World Cup, the Zenit St. Petersburg left-back told R-Sport.

    * Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson got off to a winning start in the first main-draw match of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, beating Serbia's Bojana Jovanovski in straight sets.

    BUSINESS

    * Moscow residential property prices grew second-fastest among the world’s ten largest cities in the first half of 2012, according to the latest World Cities Review published by the UK-based real estate services firm Savills.

    * Russian Railways has completed the electrification project of the Iranian Tabriz-Azarshahr railway, the Russian Railways said in a statement.

    * The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued Morgan Stanley, charging the Wall Street investment giant of discriminating against African-American homeowners and violating US civil rights laws by providing funding for risky mortgages.

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