Main news of November 16

A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Russian and U.S. officials agreed at talks in Moscow on Monday to carry out joint work in Afghanistan to prevent drug trafficking

* The United Nations nuclear watchdog said in a report on Monday that Iran's lateness in admitting to a second uranium enrichment site raises concerns that it may be hiding further information on nuclear facilities

* Four people were killed and another 40 injured when militants fired three rockets into a crowded marketplace in central Afghanistan on Monday, local police said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has expressed condolences to his Serbian counterpart Boris Tadic over the death of Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Pavle, the Kremlin said

* At least 15 people were killed and some 20 injured in a large explosion at a house in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, the Press Trust of India said

* Russia and Singapore are in favor of continuing talks on North Korea's nuclear issue, according to a joint statement adopted during Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's official visit to Singapore

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned the Palestinian leadership that any move to unilaterally declare independence could lead to "one-sided steps on the part of Israel"


* Russia's Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals against a 19-year jail term for Alexei Frenkel, found guilty of organizing the 2006 murder of a banking regulator

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev spoke out strongly and repeatedly on Monday against attempts to rewrite the results of World War II and the Soviet Union's contribution to the victory over Nazi Germany

* A Russian Pacific Fleet task force returned on Monday to its base in Vladivostok after completing an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden

* A Russian icebreaker with 105 passengers on board has been trapped in ice during a cruise in the Arctic, a Russian Far East marine cruise official said

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