Main news of July 7


* The vast majority of Egypt’s political forces are preparing to rally in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Friday as frustration is mounting at the slow pace of reforms in the country

* Canada handed control over the Kandahar Air Field to the United States, officially ending its participation in the NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan

* A Gaza-bound vessel from the Freedom Flotilla II is being held in Crete, the Greek Coast Guard said

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he was ready to hand over all prisoners that the EU believes are jailed for political reasons, if Europe agrees to accept them

* The reset in Russia-U.S. relations is bearing good fruit, but several disputable points are still eclipsing bilateral ties, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* The Belarusian Association of Journalists said at least 24 journalists were detained during rallies in Belarus on Wednesday


* Russia’s Defense Ministry promised to introduce by the end of the year a special military police division in the national armed forces to uproot hazing practices and thefts

* Russia and the United States are completing an agreement on the easing of visa regimes between the two countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said


* Russia plans to send the Olympic Flame into space before the opening of the Winter Olympics 2014 in Russia’s southern Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said

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