* Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev declared a state of emergency in a district in the north of the country after protests at the nation’s biggest gold mine turned into violent riots, with dozens injured
* Russian President Vladimir Putin described as “satisfactory” the results of this week’s snap check of the Aerospace Defense Forces, after hearing that nine out of 11 missiles were intercepted during the drills
*The Syrian authorities want to revive a contract to purchase MiG-29M/M2 fighter jets from Russia in light of the upcoming expiration of an EU embargo on arms sales to Syria, representatives of aircraft maker MiG said
* The meteorite that blew up over Russia’s Urals in mid-February, leaving 1,500 injured, came as a striking reminder of how vulnerable we are on our small, blue planet. It was suddenly palpably clear that we have no way of preventing celestial bodies from slamming into Earth. The way out just might be to hit dangerous asteroids with other asteroids, Russian scientists say.