After a Proton-M rocket carrying three navigation satellites exploded 32 seconds after it was launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on July 2, Russians laughed.
Russia’s Tatyana Golikova, who is acting health minister, is expected to be appointed finance minister, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported, citing unidentified officials.
Jailed former Yukos Oil Co. owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky wished Prime Minister Vladimir Putin kindness and tolerance and said he pitied a man who felt only love for dogs.
Flooding caused by heavy rains in southern Russia’s Krasnodar region has killed 153 people in Krymsk, Gelendzhik and Novorossiysk, according to state television Rossiya 24.
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Cyprus sought a financial lifeline from the euro area’s firewall funds, becoming the fifth of the euro’s 17 member states to request a bailout.