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RUSSIA

* Nine pupils in Russia's Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad were confirmed as suffering from swine flu

* A PACE commission decided not to adopt a Georgian motion to strip Russia of its voting rights in the organization, the Russian delegation head, Konstantin Kosachev, said

* Up to five people could have been involved in the recent murder of a Dagestani district administrator in Moscow, a top special investigations committee official said

 

WORLD

* European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana criticized a violent crackdown on protests by authorities in Guinea that left 157 people dead

* Tehran will pull out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty if talks with the "Iran Six" on its nuclear program are fruitless, a senior Iranian lawmaker, Muhammad Karamiradsaid, said 

* The death toll from Tuesday's roadside blast in the southern Afghan Kandahar province has risen to 30, with 39 people injured, local police said in a statement

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev hailed joint military drills with Belarus, saying they proved the two ex-Soviet states remained allies

* Honduran Foreign Minister Patricia Isabel Rodas Baca urged the UN General Assembly to call an emergency session on Honduras and to send a special mission to assist in settling the country's political crisis

* North Korea will increase its nuclear deterrence forces if the U.S. threatens it with new sanctions, the country's deputy foreign minister told the UN General Assembly

* U.S. astronaut Jeffrey Williams, Russian cosmonaut Maxim Surayev, and a space tourist, Canadian billionaire Guy Laliberte, got the final go-ahead to blast off to the International Space Station

* The Soyuz rocket due to take Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte to the International Space Station was brought to the launch pad at Russia's Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan

* Iran's missile program cannot but cause Russia to be concerned against the backdrop of the Islamic Republic's unresolved nuclear issues, Russia's envoy to NATO, Dmitry Rogozin, said

* Moscow believes it would be possible to establish a missile-defense system jointly with NATO, Russia's envoy to the military alliance said

BUSINESS

* The Ukrainian government auctioned off a strategic Black Sea chemical plant, but invalidated the $634 mln offer just minutes later, claiming a bidders' plot to bring prices down

* A Ukrainian company that won a tender for the Odessa chemical plant with a bid of $590 million, which was then invalidated, is determined to go to court, a company spokesman said 

* Russia's Central Bank said it could continue its policy of interest rates cuts, following its decision to reduce a key interest rate by 0.5 percentage point

* The Russian government intends to sell the shares in companies it has purchased during the crisis, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said

SPORT

* Russian champions Rubin were unable to finish off a ten-man Inter Milan in the Tatar capital of Kazan, drawing 1-1 in a Champions League game they will feel they should have won

 

 

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