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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

*A Georgian opposition party has filed a lawsuit against Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, accusing him of crimes against humanity

*Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych arrives in France for talks with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy

*Russia owes Tehran the prepayment of $166.8 million for S-300 air defense missile systems, Rostekhnologii head Sergei Chemezov said

*The wife of suspected Russian arms dealer Victor Bout, who is in Thailand awaiting extradition to the United States, has filed a petition to the Thai parliament from her husband asking for an inquiry into his case

RUSSIA

*Acting Moscow Mayor Vladimir Resin may stay in office for the next two years, the Vedomosti newspaper said

*A test warhead from a Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile successfully hit a target in Russia's Far East, the Defense Ministry said

*Students from Russia's most prestigious university posed in their underwear for a calendar for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who turns 58 on Thursday

*Russia's environmental watchdog has given a clean bill of health to the country's top oil firm Rosneft in the development of offshore oil and gas deposits near the island of Sakhalin

*Russian cities are lining up for sculptor Zurab Tsereteli's monument to Peter the Great after Moscow's acting mayor said it may be removed

BUSINESS

*Swedish furniture giant IKEA has frozen construction of Europe's largest shopping mall near Moscow, the Vedomosti newspaper said

*Japanese carmaker Nissan, part of an alliance with France's Renault, is considering a share swap with Russia's largest car producer AvtoVAZ, Sergei Chemezov, head of state-owned hi-tech corporation Russian Technologies (Rustekhnologia), said


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