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Main News of March 10
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours.
Putin Has Plan for Russia – Spokesman
Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin has a development plan for the country, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a televised interview on Saturday.
Abkhazia Elects Parliament
Parliamentary elections in the breakaway Georgian province of Abkhazia ended on Saturday with turnout nearing 40 percent, sufficient to consider them legitimate, local authorities said.
Protest Movement Shows Signs of Turning Local
Much has been said in the recent days about the imminent decline of the protest movement after Vladimir Putin’s undisputed victory in the presidential elections.
Middle East Quartet to Meet Next Week
The Quartet on the Middle East, which includes Russia, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, will hold its next meeting on Monday, the UN said.
Blast, Fire Kill 5 in Engels
A fire triggered by a gas explosion killed five people and send a further 11, including three children, to hospital in the Russian city of Engels in the Volga federal district on Saturday.
Russia, Arab League Agree Plan on Syria
Russia and the Arab League have negotiated a plan to settle the bloody political conflict in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday.
Putin Opponents Rally ‘For Fair Elections’
Thousands of people critical of the political system led by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rallied peacefully on Saturday in central Moscow, asserting that the Russian leader’s recent victory in presidential elections was not fair and demanding reform.
Abkhazia Holds Parliamentary Elections
Abkhazia is holding its first parliamentary elections as a recognized independent state on Saturday, amid tension following a failed assassination attempt on its newly elected President Alexander Ankvab last month.
Liberal Opposition to Unite – Kasyanov
The unregistered liberal party Parnas wants to create a coalition with the liberal Yabloko party and tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov's nascent opposition party, Parnas co-leader Mikhail Kasyanov said.
EU Parliament to Call For Reform in Russia
The European Parliament is to call for urgent political and economic reform in Russia in a resolution to be debated at a plenary session on March 15, in the wake of Russia’s disputed presidential elections, the parliament’s press secretary said on Saturday.
Opposition Rally Again for Political Reform – Ryzhkov
Russia's opposition is taking to the streets again on Saturday to demand change in Russia's political system, in the first post-presidential election demonstration, liberal politician Vladimir Ryzhkov said at a rally in downtown Moscow.
Ukraine Resumes Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading
Ukraine regained the right to participate in international trading of greenhouse gas emission quotas, which was suspended last year, the country’s National Environmental Investment Agency reported on its website.
Russia’s Future Depends on Middle Class - Condoleezza Rice
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s victory in presidential elections “may be both Putin’s last and the final one for Putinism”, The Washington Post reported on Friday, quoting Former U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice.
Taliban Threatens Pakistan with Attacks over Bin Laden Widows
Pakistani Taliban threatens massive government attacks and attacks on government officials if Islamabad does not release the three widows of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, DawnNews TV channel reported on Friday.
Jailed Ukrainian Ex-premier Refuses to Wear Prison Robe
Jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko has sent a letter to penitentiary officials saying she refuses to wear prison robe and work while in detention.
New Gas Field Discovered in Turkmenistan
A new natural gas field has been discovered in Turkmenistan
Wave of Ethnic Brawls Hits Macedonia - TV
Ethnic brawls between Macedonians and Albanians took place in several Macedonian cities, including Tetovo, the site of the 2001 armed conflict, local Channel Five said on Saturday citing the Interior Ministry.
Israel Launches Two Air Raids on Gaza
Israeli forces launched two airstrikes on northern and central regions of the Gaza Strip late on Friday as border tensions grew after the death of a Gaza militant commander earlier in the day.
Moody’s Considers Greece Defaulted, Ratings Remain at C
Moody's Investors Service said on Saturday it considers Greece to have defaulted per Moody's default definitions.
Police Officer Shot and Killed in Florida Town
DPR Authorities Deny Reports on Introduction of Own Currency
NYPD Releases Name of Officers' Killer, Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Attack
British Trader Vanishes With $200Mln in Investors' Money: Reports
UKIP Restricts Tweeting After Damaging Series of Racist, Homophobic Remarks
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
One Austrian Teenage Girl Recruited by IS Killed, Other Missing: Reports
Russia to Prepare Response to Recent US, Canada Sanctions: Foreign Ministry
Russia Reserves Adequate Response to Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Official
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