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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Vladimir Miklushevsky took office as the newly appointed governor of the Primorye region Friday after 34 of 38 deputies of the regional legislature approved his candidacy, RIA-Novosti reported.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged Syria to support UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan's peacemaking efforts "without delay" in comments published Saturday, adopting an unusually firm tone with President Bashar Assad.

The Foreign Ministry expressed serious concern Friday over North Korea's plan to launch a satellite.