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* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said:

- The terms of the so-called Medvedev-Sarkozy ceasefire plan that ended a five-day war between Russia and Georgia in August have been fully implemented

- Kiev uses the Stalin-era famine to drive a wedge between Ukraine and Russia and urged efforts to forge a common position on the tragedy

* Russia's lower house of parliament approved in the first reading the president's proposed amendments to increase the presidential and parliamentary terms to six and five years, respectively

* The first contingent of Russian peacekeepers leaft Russia for Chad as part of a joint EU mission to support the UN in the Central African country, a Russian Air Force spokesman said

* The Progress M-65 cargo spacecraft has successfully undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) to become a temporary "space lab," Russia's Mission Control said

WORLD

* The European Union and Russia have agreed to restart talks on a new partnership and cooperation agreement, the president of the European Commission said after an EU-Russia summit in Nice

* French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed holding a meeting on European security involving Russia and the United States before Moscow deploys missiles near Poland

* The CIS heads of government gathered in Chisinau to discuss more than 30 issues, focusing on economic development strategy for the bloc through 2020, a Russian government source said

* Russia's envoy to NATO criticized the alliance for refusing him the right to address the NATO parliamentary session starting in Spain, while allowing the Georgian leader to give a speech

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has weighed in on the Russia-U.S. dispute over missile defense, telling a U.S. paper his country could deploy tactical missiles capable of striking Central Europe

*  The parliament of Azerbaijan approved the withdrawal of the country's peacekeeping contingent from Iraq

* Political directors of the Iran Six group of world powers said after a meeting in France that little progress had been made over Iran's controversial nuclear program, but agreed to meet again in the coming weeks

* The Serbian government announced that it had reached a deal with the International Monetary Fund on a $520 million standby loan, which the country will be able to draw on in case of emergency over the next 15 months.

BUSINESS

* Russia's crude exports declined 5.6% year-on-year to 182.1 million metric tons (1.3 billion barrels) in January-September, the Federal State Statistics Service said

* Russia's two main stock exchanges, MICEX and RTS, opened trading with rises in key indices after U.S. markets and oil prices grew somewhat the day before

*  Gazprom increased gas exports in January-September 2008 by 6% year on year to 182 billion cu m, the Russian energy giant said

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