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Main news of November 2

A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* The Iran Six will not tolerate delaying tactics from Tehran on a UN-sponsored nuclear fuel deal, the French foreign minister said

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his British counterpart David Miliband signed joint statements in Moscow on Monday on nuclear nonproliferation, Afghanistan and the Middle East peace process

* Iran said on Monday it wanted more talks on a UN nuclear deal, including fuel delivery guarantees, and also stated it would like to buy directly enriched material

* An outbreak of swine flu, which hit Ukraine last week, has claimed the lives of 22 people, the country's deputy health minister said

* The number of casualties from a massive explosion in the city of Rawalpindi, near the capital of Islamabad, has grown to 34, Pakistani TV-channel Geo reported

* Hamid Karzai was declared the winner of Afghanistan's presidential election on Monday when officials scrapped the second round of voting following the withdrawal of his opponent

* UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived in Afghanistan on Monday for meetings with President Hamid Karzai and leading opposition figure Abdullah Abdullah, the UN mission in Afghanistan said

* More than 285,000 people in southwestern China were affected on Monday by an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale that shook the province of Yunnan, Chinese media reported

* All education establishments in Ukraine's capital were closed on Monday until further notice due to a flu epidemic that has killed 53 people, according to the ex-Soviet state's Health Ministry

* U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived on Sunday in Morocco to discuss advancing the Middle East peace process with Arab and Group of Eight countries, the Voice of America reported


* Russian-Israeli businessman Shabtai von Kalmanovich was shot dead in central Moscow on Monday, bringing an end to a colorful life that had seen a flirtation with showbiz and a conviction for spying

* A total of 144 militants have been killed during special operations in Russia's North Caucasus since April, the interior minister of the republic of Chechnya said

* Russia is ready to support and join a new agreement on climate change that could be adopted in December in Denmark, but on two key conditions, the Russian prime minister said

* Russia's foreign minister and his British counterpart reiterated on Monday their opposing positions on the extradition from Russia of the chief suspect in a high-profile London murder, and moved on to patching up strained ties between the countries

* Russia has no plans to completely abandon nuclear weapons, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* Two European satellites, the SMOS spacecraft and the Proba-2 mini-satellite, were successfully put into orbit by a Rokot carrier rocket on Monday, a spokesman for Russia's Federal Space Agency said


* Japanese automaker Nissan has launched the production of X-Trail crossover sport utility vehicles at its facility in Russia's second largest city, the company's Russian division said

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