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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Friday voted to kill a debt ceiling plan put forth by House Speaker John Boehner to avoid a looming debt default crisis less than two hours after the House passed the bill.
NEW YORK – The United State will keep its sovereign rating even if it fails to raise the borrowing limit by August 2.
SITUATION IN EGYPT
BEIRUT – Muslim Brothers staged a rally in Cairo’s downtown Tahrir Square on Friday and openly called on their supporters to pool efforts to make Egypt an Islamic state.
RABAT – About 200 Libyan opposition gunmen were killed in the country’s western provinces, Libyan government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said.
MOSCOW – The Russian Ministry of Transport has instructed the Federal Air Transport Agency to seize all airplanes owned by the Continent airlines, which has announced its bankruptcy. The airlines’ fleet includes nine Tu-154M aircraft.
KHABAROVSK – Russia’s Far Eastern regions experience a deficit of fire agents to extinguish forest fires, “all resources have been exhausted,” said the presidential envoy in the federal district.
MOSCOW – The Sapsan high-speed train service between Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod marks its first anniversary. Over the past year, Sapsan trains have handled more than 500,000 passengers.
KIROV – An interregional festival of folk arts and humor Istobensk Ogurets (Istobensk Cucumber) opens in the settlement of Istobensk, Kirov region on Saturday.
NEWS OF CULTURE
MOSCOW – Former frontman of the legendary British rock group Led Zeppelin Robert Plant gave a concert in Moscow on Friday, after nine-year break. The concert was held at the Crocus City Hall.
RIO DE JANEIRO – The qualifying draw for the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil is made in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
VLADIVOSTOK – Russian athletes will take part in the team finals at the 6th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships.