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RUSSIA

* Rescuers found six more bodies during the rescue effort at a west Siberian coal mine, bringing the current death toll to 66 people

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev promised to pay special attention to the innovative high-tech research hub in Skolkovo, dubbed Russia's answer to Silicon Valley

* A rescue operation at a west Siberian coal mine where 24 miners are still missing after two explosions over the weekend has been seriously hampered by numerous fires

* Everyone entering Russia from Tajikistan will be vaccinated against polio, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday after two babies became ill with the disease after arriving from the Central Asian state

* A Russian helicopter company is planning to develop the world's first fifth-generation combat helicopter, which experts say would be able to attack fighter jets and be invisible for radars, the Gazeta daily said

 

WORLD

* U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his desire to continue working with Russia toward the establishment of a special juridical body to try pirates, the Kremlin said

* German police released two Russian pilots who were detained in Berlin's Tegel Airport on suspicion of intending to hijack a flight to Moscow, an executive for the pilots' airline said

* The new Russian-U.S. START treaty has been forwarded to the U.S. Senate for ratification, White House spokesman Bill Burton said

* Russian, U.S. and Tajik drug police representatives discussed on Thursday ways to counter Afghan drug trafficking, the Russian Federal Drug Control Service deputy chief said

* Supporters of ex-Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev stormed on Thursday administration offices in three southern regions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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