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23:59 04/07/2013
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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