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* Russia remains concerned by U.S. missile plans for Europe, but talks are continuing, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* One person died and around 100 people were left homeless after a fire erupted overnight in a four-storey apartment block in central Rostov-on-Don, south Russia, a local emergencies spokesman said

* A total of six Russian nationals were among nine people who died on Thursday night after a bus carrying foreign tourists overturned and caught fire in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, a police source said

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* The world powers engaged in the long-running dispute with Iran have agreed to make a new proposal of incentives to Tehran to halt its nuclear programs, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said

* World powers mediating in the Middle East conflict reaffirmed that the establishment of a Palestinian state by the end of 2008 remained a key settlement objective and urged aid to Gaza

* Eleven American diplomats are scheduled to leave Belarus May 3 leaving a total of four staff at the diplomatic mission, a spokesman for the U.S. embassy said

*  Envoys of the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet will hold talks in China on Saturday to try and end the crisis in Tibet, the Dalai Lama's office said

 * Turkey's Air Force carried out intensive air strikes on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq in the early hours of Friday, Turkey's NTV television said citing military sources

 * Anti-China protestors complained of being threatened and jostled by crowds of pro-Beijing supporters cheering the first leg of the Chinese Olympic torch relay in Hong Kong on Friday

* Another child has died from a deadly intestinal virus, which has killed 21 in China's eastern Anhui province with a total of 2,946 young children affected, the Xinhua news agency said

*  The world's longest cross-sea bridge has opened in eastern China, the country's Xinhua news agency reported

 

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