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Main news of November 15

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* U.S. President Barack Obama said a new nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia is likely to get the necessary support in the Senate vote

* Polish opposition politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski is set to seek U.S. help in investigating the plane crash in western Russia, in which his twin brother, then president Lech Kaczynski, died in April

* NATO hopes the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) will be revived in the near future, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said

* Russia's Proton-M carrier rocket took a U.S. telecommunications satellite into orbit

* The foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) have decided to establish close contacts between their innovation centers to further develop their strategic partnership, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* Russia's presidential representative in the Middle East and the U.S. envoy to Moscow have discussed the possibility of a Middle East Quartet meeting at a ministerial level in the near future

* Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said no evidence had been found linking Tehran to a shipment of smuggled weapons recently seized in Nigeria



* Russia's Interior Ministry has insisted that whistleblower lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, whose mysterious death last November has triggered an international row, was behind a $175 million scam

* Russia's official unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percent to 1.526 million people over the week of November 3-10 for the first time in the past eight months, the Ministry of Health and Social Development announced

* Russians are most worried about high inflation and rampant alcoholism, not the state of democracy or national security, a recent opinion poll showed

* A Russian opposition activist may be sentenced to up to five years behind bars for hitting a police officer in the face with a burning flare during an unsanctioned rally in central Moscow

* A Formula One circuit to be built in Russia's Olympic host city of Sochi by 2014 will create no troubles for the city's residents, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said



* Russia's Ural Industrial-Ural Polar Corporation, which develops mineral resources in the Subpolar and Polar Urals, Russian Railways and Gazprom will set up a joint venture to build and operate a 150 billion ruble ($5 billion) railway link to hydrocarbon reserves in Russia's north, Ural Industrial-Ural Polar Corporation said

* S7 Airlines, Russia's leading domestic air carrier, has officially joined the Oneworld global alliance, the company said

* Sheremetyevo, Russia's largest international airport based in Moscow, plans to sell 75% minus one share in its Sheremetyevo refueling complex held together with Russia's largest airline Aeroflot

* A Russian-Bulgarian agreement on the South Stream gas pipeline project should be changed so that other European Union countries have access to the pipeline, European Commission representative Marlene Holzner said

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