Topic: Top stories of the day
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
* Two Italian police officers were wounded after a gunman opened fire outside the prime minister’s office in Rome as the new government of Enrico Letta was being sworn in at the nearby president’s palace, RAI state television reported
* Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will pay an official visit to Russia on April 28-30 on an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin. This will be the first visit by a Japanese premier to Russia over the last 10 years
* The older suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings vaguely discussed “jihad,” a Muslim holy war against infidels, with his mother in a 2011 phone conversation secretly recorded by Russian officials, CBS News reported
* The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, will hold a divine liturgy in downtown Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral on Palm Sunday, which Russian Orthodox Christians celebrate this year on April 28, the patriarch's press service reported
* Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said on Sunday the recent inspections of Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are aimed at establishing their compliance with the law, not at liquidating them
* Russian children's rights ombudsman, Pavel Astakhov, said on Sunday he will help a Russian couple, Alex and Anna Nikolayev of Sacramento, California, to return their baby boy, who has been seized by authorities in the United States
* Russia’s opposition activist Alexei Gaskarov has been detained by police in Moscow for his alleged role in the May 6 riots on Bolotnaya Square in the Russian capital, Russia’s Investigative Committee said
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