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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

    POLITICS

    * Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the United Nations on Friday that rebel fighters in Syria were not pursuing democracy but rather the destruction of secular states to establish caliphates

    WORLD

    * US President Barack Obama on Friday lauded a draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria’s chemical weapons hammered out by Russia and the United States as “potentially a huge victory for the international community”

    * A federal US appeals court on Friday upheld the conviction of reputed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout on charges of conspiring to kill Americans in a case at the center of a bitter diplomatic dispute between Moscow and Washington

    * Oil giant LUKoil is Russia’s biggest private company by revenue, raking in 3.6 trillion rubles ($111 billion) last year, according to a new rating by Russian Forbes magazine published this week

    * Russia and the United States have agreed on a UN Security Council resolution that will not allow military action to enforce Syria’s compliance with a US-Russian plan to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

    RUSSIA

    * Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill to parliament’s lower house outlining punishments for a number of terror-related offenses, including criminal liability for training in terrorist camps, according to a copy of the bill posted Friday to the State Duma’s online database

    * A dramatic new corruption scandal seems to be unfolding in Moscow, with a senior Russian auditor detained on suspicion of taking a bribe from a federal senator

    * Russia’s anti-terrorism committee said Friday that an alleged warlord and four suspected militants had been killed in a raid on a home in the restive southern republic of Dagestan

    * Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that investors have an “irrational fear” of Russia, a country he described as "incomprehensible" and "sometimes unpredictable," in a long opinion piece published Friday in a Russian newspaper

    DEFENSE

    * NATO and Russia have successfully completed a live three-day joint exercise to test their capacity to counter terrorist threats in the skies over NATO and Russian territory

    SCIENCE

    * The Kremlin said Friday that President Vladimir Putin had signed into law a controversial bill to reform the Academy of Sciences, the country’s leading scientific research establishment comprising about 50,000 researchers in its 434 affiliated institutions

    SPORTS

    * Russia’s maiden Formula One Grand Prix has been confirmed for October 5 next year, governing body FIA confirmed Friday at a meeting of its World Motor Sport Council in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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