Main news of November 28

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours.

WORLD

* South Korea and the United States began large-scale joint naval exercises in the Yellow Sea just days after North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island that killed four people

* A Russian-made Il-76 cargo plane crashed  in Pakistan, killing all eight crewmembers and destroying several buildings under construction

* Seoul will carefully examine China's call to hold emergency six-party talks on North Korea amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said

* Belarus expects Russia to keep natural gas prices for the ex-Soviet republic in 2011 unchanged from this year, Belarusian Prime Minister Sergei Sidorsky said

* Four Moldovan political parties of those twenty which participated in the country's early parliamentary elections will get into the parliament, exit polls held by Romanian and Moldovan sociologists said

* Tajikistan's hydropower energy projects will not affect the ecological and water balance in the region, Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon said in time of an official ceremony dedicated to the beginning of construction of a dam for Sangtuda-2 hydropower plant in the south of the country

* Georgian policemen have opened investigations into two explosions which have occurred in Tbilisi, a statement by the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs said

* Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski plans to discuss issues related to 1940 Katyn massacre with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev who will arrive in Warsaw in early December, presidential advisor Tomasz Nalecz said

* Whistleblower website WikiLeaks came under cyber attack ahead of a release of a new trench of secret U.S. documents

RUSSIA

* Russia has launched a new facility to destroy its Soviet-era chemical weapons stockpiles

* Russia's most popular search engine Yandex is considering a 1 billion pound ($1.573 billion) initial public offering in London in early 2011, British website Thisismoney reported

* The Russian government commission for testing Russia's Bulava submarine-launched ballistic missile has completed its analysis of the missile's latest two successful launches and will choose a submarine for further tests by December 10, a source in the commission said

 

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