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RUSSIA

* Russia's Foreign Ministry called on Israelis and Palestinians to stop using violence after at least nine Palestinians and two Israelis were killed in the border area between Gaza and Israel

* Russia said it will attempt to protect the rights of Viktor Bout, a suspected illegal arms dealer being held in custody in Thailand at the request of the U.S., Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said

* Russia completed its deliveries of aid to Serbs in north Kosovo as an IL-76 cargo plane of the Russian Emergencies Ministry carrying 40 tons of humanitarian aid landed at a Belgrade airport

* The Soyuz TMA-12 delivery vehicle has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) delivering two Russian crew members and South Korea's first astronaut, Russia's Mission Control said

* The status of peacekeepers in the Georgian-Abkhazian conflict zone should not be changed without the agreement of all parties involved, Russia's Foreign Minister said

* The construction of the Russian segment for the International Space Station will be delayed for five years due to insufficient funding, the head of Russia's space rocket corporation said

* A total of 192 militants and armed gang members were killed and more than 700 arrested in anti-terrorist operations in Russia's North Caucasus last year, a deputy interior minister said

* Russia's Supreme Court has ruled that Turkish Islamic organization Nurcular is an extremist organization, and has banned its activities in the country

* The Russian state news agency RIA Novosti signed a groundbreaking deal for the sale of its news services to Chinese subscribers

* The members of a Russian doomsday sect still remaining underground in central Russia have begun talks with friends and relatives amid reports that two of the group have died

WORLD

* President George Bush said Thursday the U.S. would complete a limited withdrawal from Iraq in July, and then freeze the number of troops at 140,000

* Ukraine has requested an explanation from Russia over recent statements made by the Russian leadership, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said

* Polish President Lech Kaczynski denied having linked Poland's veto on Russia-EU cooperation talks to the admission of ex-Soviet states into NATO

* Indonesia is expecting the delivery of three Su-family fighters from Russia by October this year, Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Subandrio said

* Authorities in China's Gansu province have released 1,870 people detained during violent protests against Chinese rule in Tibet in mid-March, a Public Security Ministry spokesman said

* The Olympic torch arrived at San Francisco international airport after its route through the city was disrupted by pro-Tibetan protestors calling for a boycott of this summer's Beijing Games

BUSINESS

* Russia could sign a deal with Mongolia to build a small or medium-sized nuclear power plant in the country, state nuclear power corporation Rosatom said

* Severstal, a leading Russian steel producer, said  it had closed a $651.8 million deal to sell coal assets to ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company

* Natural gas giant Gazprom's banking arm Gazpombank said it will gain control of a gold deposit in Russia's Far East after buying a 51% stake in its owner from Canada's Fortress Minerals Corp

* Russian wholesale power generating company OGK-6 said its net profit calculated to Russian Accounting Standards increased 50.9% year on year in 2007 to 1.873 billion rubles ($78 million)

* Russia's state-run VTB Group said its net profit calculated to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) increased 28.4% year-on-year to $1.514 billion in 2007

* Russian fixed-line operator CenterTelecom said its net profit calculated to Russian Accounting Standards grew 77.5% year-on-year in 2007 to 3.635 billion ($151 million)

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