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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* Russian fuel company TVEL and Ukrainian state concern Nuclear Fuel signed an agreement in Kiev on the construction of a nuclear fuel plant in Ukraine

* The presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia agreed to swap prisoners of war and exchange the bodies of soldiers killed in clashes, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said

* The death toll in a powerful tsunami off the western coast of Indonesia has increased to 272, with 412 people missing and several villages flooded, regional media said

* Ukraine's president, Viktor Yanukovych, has set up an advisory council on Ukraine-Russia relations, in a move designed to further strengthen ties with Moscow

RUSSIA

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted a draft federal law on police to the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, the Kremlin reported

* A Russian space freighter has separated from its launch vehicle and is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) on a resupply mission, a Russian space official said

* Former Yukos oil major CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky said the judge in the trial over new charges against him and his business partner Platon Lebedev had no choice but to bring a "not-guilty" verdict

* New Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin broke up a meeting with officials after criticizing the quality of their reports, a statement by City Hall said

* Moscow police have filed a criminal case against businessman Igor Gusev, listed as the world's biggest spammer

BUSINESS

* The gas deals signed with Russia by the previous Ukrainian government are not compliant with the country's current legislation, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said

* The Polish government has approved an agreement with Russia on increasing Russian gas supply to Poland, the government said

SOCIETY

* Russia's Federation Council voted to approve amendments to the law on public gatherings that would curb protests by outraged motorists

NATURAL DISASTERS

* The death toll in a volcanic eruption of Mount Merapi in densely populated central Java reached 25 as five more people died from burns in hospitals, local media reported

DEFENSE

* Russia does not have a contract to supply MiG-31 Foxhound fighter jets to Syria, the head of the Russian state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said

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