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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

    WORLD

    * Italy and France have rejected asylum requests from fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, Western media reported

    * A Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe co-rapporteur has called for a thorough review of Russia’s “foreign agents” NGO law, at a meeting with members of Russia's upper house in Moscow

    * France has apologized to Bolivia for closing its airspace to President Evo Morales

    * Egypt's military shut down several TV stations, including one operated by the Muslim Brotherhood, after President Mohamed Morsi was overthrown by the army, media reported

    RUSSIA

    * Russia has put into operation one of its four orbiting reserve satellites to reestablish global coverage provided by its Glonass navigation system, Russian space officials said Thursday.

    * Russia’s Federal Space Program is ineffective, largely due to poor management of space activities and budget funds allocated for space projects, the Audit Chamber said

    * Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday met with human rights activists and discussed a controversial law that requires foreign-funded, politically active NGOs to register as “foreign agents.”

    * An opposition politician who won a rare landslide victory against the ruling United Russia party in a mayoral election last year was charged along with four of his colleagues on Thursday with extorting a 14 million ruble ($420,000) bribe, investigators said

    * Russia on July 26 will begin constructing the third of at least eight nuclear-powered submarines to make up the core of its underwater attack fleet, the vessel's designer said

    * Russia’s Yo-Auto carmaker is cutting the production target of its gas-electric hybrid, the Yo-Mobile, from 90,000 to only 40,000 a year, its general director said

    * The management of a state farm in Russia has been fined more than 11 million rubles ($330,000) for using banned hazardous pesticides to grow vegetables that it then labeled as organically grown, the regional Federal Security Service (FSB) said

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