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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


    * 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


    * 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


    * 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


    * 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


    * 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


    * 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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