July 9 world news summary at 1530 GMT

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MOSCOW — Russia has decided to expel two U.S. diplomats in Moscow after Washington deported in June two Russian officials, the TASS news agency reported Saturday.
Two staff members of the U.S. Embassy have been declared personae non grata for “unfriendly activities incompatible with diplomatic status,” and they had to leave Moscow, said the report, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. (Russia-US-Diplomat)
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SEOUL — The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) appeared to have failed in the test-firing of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday, citing South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
The JCS was quoted as saying that what was believed to have been a SLBM was fired at about 11:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) in waters southeast of the DPRK’s eastern port city of Sinpo in South Hamgyong province. (S.Korea-DPRK-Missile)
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DAMASCUS — The general command of the Syrian army announced Saturday an extension of a recently declared truce for additional 72 hours, state news agency SANA reported.
The nationwide ceasefire was initially established for 72 hours on Tuesday, the first day of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr. (Syria-Truce)
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HELSINKI — The result of British referendum on the exit from the European Union (EU) appears to have affected Finnish civic attitudes towards decision making about a possible Finnish membership in NATO.
The idea of insisting on a referendum over joining NATO lost support in two polls commissioned by Finland’s leading media houses. The results were published simultaneously on Friday. (Finland-NATO-Referendum) Enditem

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