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Main News of July 1

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Main News of July 1 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* US President Barack Obama said the United States and Russia have had “high-level” discussions about the case of fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and reiterated Washington’s hopes for Russian assistance in bringing him back home to face charges on leaking state secrets

* The Egyptian army delivered an ultimatum to President Mohamed Morsi asking him to meet the people’s demands and resolve huge protests against his rule or face an intervention within 48 hours, Al Jazeera reported

* Georgia's presidential election will take place on October 31, a statement from the presidential administration said

* Jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko could become disabled unless she gets an operation for a back problem as soon as possible, her daughter Yevgenia said

* Croatia has become the European Union’s 28th member, two decades after the country of 4.4 million emerged from a war of independence in Yugoslavia, media reported


* Russian President Vladimir Putin said that fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden could stay in Russia, if he wanted to, but must stop leaking secrets and doing other activities to harm the United States

* Minutes after Russia’s migration authorities dismissed as “untrue” media reports about a request for asylum filed by fugitive US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, a diplomat confirmed that a Russian consulate had received it

* Gas exporting countries should focus on decreasing price volatility and ensuring long-term supply stability, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a major gas summit in Moscow

* US intelligence officials believe Russia is violating a Soviet-era arms-control treaty with the United States by building a new medium-range missile banned under the agreement, a conservative US website reported

* The Russian Culture Ministry filed a lawsuit against the US Library of Congress over seven books belonging to the so-called Schneerson Library, a group of Jewish texts that are the subject of a long-running ownership battle between Russia and the United States

* Russia and China have set dates for joint military exercises to be held this summer, the chief of China’s General Staff said

* The Russian Academy of Sciences harshly criticized a state proposal to revamp its nationwide network of research institutions, calling the plans “radical and destructive”


* The Russian flag has been ceremonially hoisted above the athletes' village in Kazan ahead of the University Games, which start Saturday

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