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* Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said it was prepared to cooperate with Britain in investigating the case of poisoned defector Alexander Litvinenko after London dropped its unfounded accusations

* Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said it was ready to provide anti-terrorist security at the Champions League final in Moscow on May 21

* Igor Pushkaryov, a candidate from the ruling United Russia party, won the early mayoral elections in the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok

* A policeman and three servicemen of Russia's Defense Ministry were wounded after a clash with militants in the Republic of Chechnya in Russia's troubled North Caucasus Region, a local police source said

* Unidentified persons robbed a vice-consul of China's general consulate in the Russian Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk, a local police source said

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* A total of 92 people, including 87 children, were hospitalized in eastern Ukraine after measles vaccination, Ukraine's emergencies ministry said

* The incident with Russian peacekeepers detained in western Georgia is a provocation, an aide to the Collective Peacekeeping Force commander in the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict zone said

* The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development said it would invest 2 billion rubles ($85 million) in an equity project to enable the Siberian energy firm, Irkutsk Oil, to cut greenhouse gas emissions

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