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Main news of November 17

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Russian alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout faces 25 years to life in prison if found guilty, Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said

* The next hearing on the case of alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is due in Manhattan federal court on January 10, 2011, District Court Judge Shira Scheidlin said

* Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged the Senate to endorse a new U.S.-Russian strategic arms treaty, warning that failure to do so would jeopardize national security

* The Russian and U.K. ministries of justice have agreed to exchange experience on the penitentiary system and the work of judges and lawyers, Russian Minister of Justice Alexander Konovalov said


* The investigation into the horrifying mass murder of 12 people in Russia's southern Krasnodar region has been concluded, Regional Governor Alexander Tkachev said

* Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who remains in hospital after being severely beaten by unidentified assailants, gave his first evidence to investigators

* Russian Natural Resources Minister Yury Trutnev has called for the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill on the shores of the world's largest freshwater lake to be closed

* Prosecutors have closed a criminal case against a real estate agency owner who died in custody in April, a lawyer said

* Russia's transport infrastructure is nearly failing to cope with increased loads as new energy deposits in the country's Far East and Siberia are developed, Transport Minister Igor Levitin said

* A Pacific Fleet's task force led by the Admiral Vinogradov destroyer left the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok on Wednesday to join the international anti-piracy mission off the horn of Africa


* Russia's gas giant Gazprom and Ukraine's national oil and gas company Naftogaz have agreed to start a valuation of assets which could be contributed to a joint venture of the two firms, Gazprom said

* The Russian construction company Inteco, owned by Yelena Baturina, the billionaire wife of Moscow ex-mayor Yury Luzhkov, is functioning as usual despite rumors that the company could be sold, company spokesman Gennady Terebkov said

* The Russian government has approved a privatization plan for sale of federal property in 2011-2013, paving the way for a sell-off which could yield 1 trillion rubles ($33 billion) for the state over the next three years


* Russia suffered a surprise 2-0 friendly defeat at home to Belgium, Romelu Lukaku scoring both goals for the guests

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