Topic: Top stories of the day
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
* Russia’s Supreme Court turned down a lawsuit from 12 voters against the outcome of the presidential elections that saw Prime Minister Vladimir Putin win by a landslide on March 4, the court’s web site said
* Activists from a fundamentalist Russian Orthodox organization held a protest before the opening ceremony of an international gay and lesbian film festival in Moscow, the Ridus information agency reported
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August 22 marks 110th anniversary of the birth of Deng Xiaoping, the architect of reforms in the People’s Republic of China. His role in shaping the history of modern China is difficult to overstate. His Chinese model is too specific to be copied in other countries, such as Russia.