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Morning re-cap of main news, April 28

* About 500 people were arrested and 60 injured in last night clashes in Tallinn between police and protestors against the removal of a Soviet WWII monument

* The Estonian government started the exhumation of the remains of soldiers buried under the Soviet WWII memorial in the city center, ETV network said, citing Defense Ministry data

* An Estonian court sanctioned the arrests of Russian speaking activists detained during mass protests in Tallinn against the removal of a Soviet monument, the Harju court press service said

* A senior Russian lawmaker, Konstantin Kosachev, who also serves as PACE deputy speaker, urged the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to include the dispute over the Soviet WWII memorial in Tallinn in its June session

* Moscow-centered supermarket chains will stop selling Estonian goods from the weekend as part of a civil protest against the removal of the Soviet-era WWII memorial in Estonia this week

* Russia should not distance itself from its commitments under the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE), Goran Lennmarker, the president of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, said following a call by the Russian president to suspend the treaty's implementation

* A Moscow court sentenced Sergei Mavrodi, the head of a multi-million-dollar pyramid scheme, to four and a half years in a penal colony, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the courtroom

* Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych signaled he might agree to early elections after a fresh presidential order to disband parliament and call early elections for June 24 threatened to prolong the political crisis in the country

* Presidential candidate Segolene Royal and her rival Francois Bayrou, who came third in the first round of a presidential election in France, said they would not form an alliance

* Kyrgyz police questioned the daughter of ex-president Askar Akayev as part of a probe into civil unrest this week, sparked by a court's decision to strip her of the right to run for parliament

* Growing unrest in Turkey stemming from a divisive presidential vote in which the leading candidate failed to win the first round of a parliamentary ballot may prompt early legislative elections, local media reported

* Israeli servicemen killed at least three Palestinian militants who were trying to plant an explosive on the Gaza border, although the two parties signed a ceasefire agreement in November

* Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to transfer a government stake in the Caspian Pipeline Consortium to state-owned pipeline monopoly Transneft, the Kremlin press service said

* Transneft oil export pipelines are loaded almost to capacity, with a reserve of 30-36 million barrels, the Russian pipeline monopoly's president, Semyon Vainshtok said

* Turkmenistan's Cabinet of Ministers approved an array of measures to implement the recent Moscow agreements, specifically the proposal to build a gas pipeline system along the Caspian Sea

* Gazprom is looking to buy and export 100% of gas output in the Sakhalin I project in Russia's Far East, a deputy board chairman of the Russian energy giant said

* Nomihold Securities Inc. filed a suit at the London arbitration court against Russia's mobile operator MTS for its failure to exercise a $170 million stock repurchase option, the Russian company said

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