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Brussels has opened the Russian-EU summit. Russian President DmitryMedvedev will meet the President of EU Commission Jose Manuel Barrosoand the head of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, RIA Novostireports.The sides will discuss the visa-free regime between Russia and EUcountries, Russian membership in the World Trade Organization, energysecurity and the ways to cope with the world economic recession.

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A group of trained terrorists have been arrested in Iran, theProsecutor General of Tehran, Abbas Jafari Dovlatabadi, said, Trendreports, citing the new agency Fars.Dovlatabadi said that the group was planning terrorist attacks againstofficials in Iran. Questioning of the terrorists revealed their linkswith the attack on nuclear scientists.

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The committee for international relations and inter-parliamentarylinks of Azerbaijani parliament has had a session on approval of theagreement on strategic partnership and mutual help of Azerbaijan andTurkey, Trend reports, citing the parliament's press-service.The agreement was signed between Azerbaijan and Turkey in Istanbul onAugust 16, by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Turkish PresidentAbdullah Gul.

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Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has sent official letters toheads of international organizations to demonstrate the peacefulinitiatives of Georgia concerning Abkhazia and South Ossetia, RIANovosti reports, citing the president's press-speaker MananaMandzhgaladze.

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Police have arrested two militants and one of their supporters, thepress-service of the Chechen Interior Ministry reports.The police of Shatoy District have arrested a local from Karachayevskand a 35-year old local from Erkin-Shakhara village ofKarachay-Cherkessia, who were taking part in illegal armed formationsand attacking police since February 29 to March 1, 2010 in Ulus-Kertvillage of Shatoy District in Chechnya.

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The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has arrived in Brussels where hewill take part in the Russian-EU summit. He will meet King Albert IIon Wednesday and will have talks with the Prime Minister Yves Leterme,RIA Novosti reports.The 26th Russian-EU summit will have negotiations on visa-free regimebetween Russia and the EU countries, Russian membership in the WorldTrade Organization (WTO), energy security, new visa agreements andcoping with the global economic recession.

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During its presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Lithuania will focus on conflicts prevention and their resolution, said the Foreign Minister, Audronius Ažubalis during a meeting with the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen, Robert Bradtke (USA), Bernard Fassier (France) Igor Popov (Russia) and Personal Representative of the Head of the OSCE, Andrzej Kasprzyk, Trend reports with reference to the site of the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry.

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The oil prices In New York on Tuesday passed the $90 per barrelthreshold of amid analytical reports on reducing oil supplies in theU.S. during the past week, Bloomberg reports.The cost of the January futures for the U.S. light crude oil WTI(Light Sweet Crude Oil) at electronic trading in New York at 14.43 MSKrose by 1.1% and amounted to 90.32 dollars per barrel.At the same time, analysts expect an increase in gasoline stocks by875,000 barrels and a decline in distillate stocks by 550,000 barrel

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A specially-created governmental commission inspected the work withcitizens in the administrations of municipalities on behalf of thehead of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, the press service of theHead of the Chechen Republic has announced. During the inspection 730bodies were examined: regional departments of ministries, city halls,administrations of the regions and settlements.According to Ramzan Kadyrov, the facts identified indicate that thereis no proper work being carried out with citizens.

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Russia reinforces military presence in South Ossetia

A "Tornado" rocket system (MLRS) wasdeployed in the Tskhinvali region. The Georgian Foreign Ministry has protested against the deployment ofadditional weapons in the Tskhinvali region carried out by Russia. TheGeorgian president regards the actions of Russia as "a continuation ofan aggressive policy against Georgian statehood."

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Bilateral negotiations on Russia's accession to the World TradeOrganization (WTO) ended with the signing of a memorandum ofunderstanding between Russia and the EU. The document was signed bythe Russian Minister for Economic Development, Elvira Nabiullina, andthe EU Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht, RIA Novosti reports.The document contains agreements on the settlement of questions of thefuture obligations of Russia in the WTO, including obligations forexport duties and railway rates. Thus, Russia and the EU concluded

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The negotiations between Iran and representatives of the sixinternational mediators (Russia, China, USA, France, Britain andGermany) will continue in late January in Istanbul, Western mediareports, referring to the statements of the delegation.Today another round of talks on the Iranian nuclear issue ended in Geneva.The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has urged the world powersto cancel the international sanctions imposed against the IslamicRepublic. He believes that in this case the talks between Iran and the

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The founder of the website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, has beenarrested in Britain, RIA-Novosti reports. A Stockholm court approved aprosecution request to detain the 39-year-old Australian in November,on the basis of accusations of rape and sexual harassment. On the 20thof November Interpol, at the request of the Swedish prosecutor'soffice, circulated  a “red notice” to all 188 member-states of theorganization, putting him on the list of most-wanted persons.This morning the lawyer of Assange, Mark Stephens, said that he was

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Russia welcomes the position of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on thenon-use of force or threat of force against Georgia, in accordancewith international law, and believes it offers the prospect of adecision on the Geneva discussions on stability and security in theCaucasus, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.The Abkhaz President, Sergei Bagapsh, and his South Ossetiancounterpart, Eduard Kokoity, made a statement that they will not useforce or threat of force against Georgia, in accordance with

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Dagestan Airlines have urged the media to report reliable facts on theemergency landing of the Tu-154, belonging to the airlines, onSaturday in Moscow. The airline released a special press statement,which stated that "it is too early to talk about the reasons whichcaused a simultaneous failure of all the engines."Dagestan Airlines believe that calls to abandon the Tu-154 model arenot well-based.Dagestan Airlines have been operating since 1927.

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On Monday night in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku on the site of thenew Oguz-Gabala-Baku water pipeline, a water leak took place duringthe tests. As a result, water flooded nearby roads and several nearbyhomes.The head of the water services department announced that the problemwill be solved in the possible shortest time, the ANS TV channelreports.

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The Ashgabat summit scheduled for December 2010, with theparticipation of the heads of the states participating in theTurkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project, willbe "most effective”, Turkmen president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said,Trend reports.A technical meeting with representatives of the Asian Development Bank(ADB) and experts of the four states is scheduled for the coming daysin Ashgabat on the eve of the summit.The pipeline is expected to handle more than 30 billion cubic meters

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The inauguration ceremony of the deputies of the Milli Majlis(Parliament of Azerbaijan) took place today, Trend reports. Thechairman of the Central Electoral Commission, Mazahir Panahov,expressed hopes that the activities of the people's representativeswill promote the development of Azerbaijan.Elections to the Milli Majlis in the Azerbaijani Republic were held onNovember 7th 2010.The previous elections were held in November 2005.

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Yesterday, December 6th, the Moscow Interregional TransportationAuthority opened the sealed tank with kerosene, from which the Tu-154of Dagestan Airlines took fuel before the crash, and allowed theairport administration to charge other aircraft with its fuel,Kommersant reports.As “Vestnik Kavkaza” reported on December 4th, the Dagestan AirlinesTu-154 flying from Moscow to Makhachkala made an emergency landing atDomodedovo Airport. During landing the aircraft skidded off the runwayand crashed into ground constructions.

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