Main news of November 16

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* Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev gave a speech in Washington welcoming Barack Obama's election victory, and voicing hope that tensions plaguing Russia-U.S. relations can be overcome

* A day after dissolving, three minor Russian liberal parties voted to form a new party, named Pravoye Delo (Right Cause)

* Russia's ultra-nationalist LDPR party criticized the newly formed pro-Kremlin right-wing party, saying it has no support base and will not last long

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will visit Brazil, Venezuela and Cuba on November 24-27 after an APEC summit in Peru, the Kremlin website said

* Somali pirates released the Stolt Valor tanker with 18 crewmembers, including a Russian national, the Russian maritime journal Sovfrakht reported

* The Russian Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate prevented the seizure of a foreign vessel flying the Saudi flag by pirates off Somalia's coast, Russian Navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said

* A gunman fatally shot a policeman at a checkpoint in the south Russian republic of Ingushetia, and was arrested, investigators said

WORLD

* World leaders pledged at a summit in Washington to restore global economic growth and start work on reforming financial regulation

* Congo rebel leader Laurent Nkunda, whose forces have been involved in fierce fighting with government troops, said he was prepared to seek a ceasefire

* North Korea's state media reported that leader Kim Jong-il had made a public appearance at a military art performance

* Twelve workers were killed in two explosions in a southwest Romanian coalmine, and at least 10 others were injured, local authorities said

* Two civilians were killed and twelve other people injured when a suicide bomber attacked a NATO-led convoy in the Baghlan province in eastern Afghanistan, the country's Interior Ministry said

* Four Palestinian militants were killed in Gaza in an Israeli air strike launched in response to rocket attacks, local health officials said

* Serbia's Novak Djokovic cruised to a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Nikolai Davydenko of Russia in Shanghai, to win the Masters Cup title

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