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* The president of Russia's volatile southern republic of Ingushetia has been hospitalized after he was seriously injured in an assassination attempt, the republic's Interior Ministry said

* Russia remembered the start of the 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War, the term used in Russia and other ex-Soviet states to describe WWII

* An Emergency Situations aircraft carrying Ingush President Yunus-bek Yevkurov, who was injured in an assassination attempt on Monday morning, has landed in Moscow, a government source said

* The president of Russia's southern republic of Ingushetia remains in a serious condition in hospital after an assassination attempt earlier on Monday, but his life is not in danger, the presidential spokesman said

* Russia respects Iran's presidential election results and will continue to develop mutually beneficial cooperation and neighborly relations with Tehran, a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said

* Russia will give Moldova a $500 million loan, and the first tranche worth $150 million will be transferred to the republic in the near future, the Russian prime minister said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov to step up anti-terrorism security in the region following an assassination attempt on the president of neighboring Ingushetia

* Russia will face a wave of A/H1N1 influenza cases in November, the head of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Influenza Research Institute said

* A Russian government official dismissed media rumors that Russia planned to lease several nuclear submarines to India, saying a contract envisioned only the transfer of the Nerpa vessel

* Moscow supports the idea of five-party talks on North Korea's nuclear problem to determine further steps in dealing with the current crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said

* Russia believes Estonia has not fulfilled its promise to solve the murder of a Russian national who was killed more than two years ago in Tallinn, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said

WORLD

* Iran's Foreign Ministry accused European countries and the U.S. of meddling in the country's domestic affairs after Tehran was hit by riots following presidential elections, Iran's Press TV reported

* Brazilian forensic experts have identified 11 bodies of people killed in an Air France A330 crash three weeks ago, Brazil's federal police said

* There will be no Sea Breeze naval exercises with NATO forces in Ukraine's Crimea this summer, a source in the Ukrainian Navy command said

* Israel is close to a deal that will free a soldier held by Gaza militants in exchange for the release of Palestinian prisoners, an Egyptian paper said

* A total of 52,160 cases of human A/H1N1 infection have been registered in 99 countries worldwide, with 231 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered the release of Hamas members from prison in the West Bank, senior Fatah figure Azam al-Ahmed said

* The third round of comprehensive Russia-U.S. talks on a new strategic arms reduction pact opened in Geneva

* Political tensions in Iran are rising, with senior figures in the Islamic Republic considering whether to depose Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an Arabic-language TV channel said

* Belarus and the EU are laying the groundwork to develop good relations, with Minsk committed to this goal, the Belarusian president said

BUSINESS

* Russia's prime minister said that Moscow could not help Ukraine pay for Russian gas deliveries as Kiev signaled it was having difficulties raising funds

* Russia and Greece are finalizing a contract on the delivery of 1,000 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles to the Greek army, a Russian government official said

* Russia has bought 12 unmanned aerial vehicles from Israel in a recent deal worth $53 million, a Russian government official said

SPORTS

* Russian international Roman Pavlyuchenko wants to remain at Tottenham Hotspur, the striker's agent said

* Krilya Sovetov forward Jan Koller has said he may quit the Volga Region side, recently embroiled in a match-fixing scandal, Sovetski Sport has reported

* Former Juventus trainer Claudio Ranieri has said that he is not interested in managing Zenit St. Petersburg, Sovetski Sport reported

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