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RUSSIA

* Russia's foreign minister said that the country is still waiting for information from the United Arab Emirates on the March 28 shooting of a Russian army commander

* A court in a Black Sea resort city ruled against an appeal by former Bolshoi Theater ballerina Anastasia Volochkova to allow her to run in the Sochi mayoral elections

* Russian astronaut Yury Lonchakov dismissed media reports that Russian and American crewmembers were discriminating against each other on the International Space Station

* Russian-Chinese military-technical cooperation totals $16 billion since 2001, but the Chinese share of Russian arms exports is decreasing, the head of Russia's arms export monopoly has said

* A senior Russian lawmaker blasted the decision by a regional parliament in western Ukraine to remove a Soviet-era statue to the Red Army soldier

* Russia plans 14 test launches of ballistic missiles this year, the commander of the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said

* The RS-20V Voyevoda-M (SS-18 Satan) intercontinental ballistic missile, introduced almost 21 years ago, will remain in service until 2019, the commander of Russia's Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said

* Russia successfully test launched a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile to assess the possibility of extending its service life up to 22 years, a spokesman for the Strategic Missile Forces (SMF) said

* Russia's TVEL, a subsidiary of state-controlled nuclear power company Atomenergoprom, has delivered its first shipment of nuclear fuel for Indian heavy-water reactors, Atomenergoprom said

* Russia is planning to offer foreign customers loans and debt write-offs to encourage the purchase of its weaponry amid the global economic crisis, the head of a state-controlled arms exporter has said

* The Russian Defense Ministry has signed a deal with an Israeli company to buy several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), a Russian deputy defense minister said

* The Russian and Ukrainian prime ministers have discussed in a phone conversation resuming talks suspended after Kiev signed a deal with the EU on modernizing the country's ageing gas pipeline network

* A local lawmaker and a police officer were wounded when a drunk businessman opened fire with an assault rifle in a billiard room in the southern Russian republic of Daghestan, police said

WORLD

* Tens of thousands of protesters blocked the main roads of Georgia's capital on Friday evening, in a civil disobedience campaign to force President Mikheil Saakashvili to resign

* Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin asked the country's Constitutional Court to order a recount of the results of the April 5 parliamentary polls, won by his Communist Party

* Some 1,000 Bolivians have joined President Evo Morales in a hunger strike to demand that the country's congress pass an electoral law ratifying a date for general elections in December

* The Japanese government decided to prolong existing sanctions against North Korea for another 12 months in the wake of a rocket launch by Pyongyang

* Iraq is seeking to expand the presence of Russian companies on its market, the premier of the oil-rich country said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart

* Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been elected for a third consecutive term in office, garnering 90% of the vote according to official results

* The summit of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) opened in Thailand's resort of Pattaya on Friday amid street protests calling for the prime minister's resignation

* Visitors have been flocking to a zoo in the western Polish city of Poznan to catch a glimpse of an elephant, who it is claimed is homosexual, Polish media said

BUSINESS

* Russian diamond producers have been hit by the oversaturated global market, the Association of Manufacturers Producers of Russia said

SPORTS

* Russia's state-controlled VTB bank is to acquire 74% of Dynamo Moscow football club and 75% minus one share in the Dynamo management company in charge of rebuilding the club's Petrovsky Park stadium

* Russian national team trainer Guus Hiddink will coach Chelsea on a temporary basis until the end of the season, the English Premier League club announced on its website

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