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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* Representatives of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) signatory countries gathered in the Mexican city of Cancun for a summit to draw out a plan to curb global warming

RUSSIA

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev “plays Robin” to his strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s “Batman,” the U.S. embassy in Moscow said, according to documents leaked to international media by the Wikileaks website

* Russia will base its policies on the concrete actions of its partners rather than the documents leaked on Sunday by the WikiLeaks whistleblowing website, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* Russian journalist Oleg Kashin, who was severely beaten by unidentified assailants earlier this month, said on Monday he has no idea who attacked him

* Russia and the European Union will sign a document next week on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), following the results of bilateral negotiations on the issue, EU delegation to Russia head Fernando Valenzuela said

* The prototype of tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov's hybrid car will be shown to the public in early January, project director has said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will pay an official visit to Poland on December 6-7, the Kremlin said

BUSINESS

* The world's largest gas export monopoly, Russia's Gazprom, said on Monday it was ready to cut prices on its long-term contracts to Europe as the volume of paid for but undelivered gas mounted

* Gazprom has written off a debt of $810 million, owed to it by the Swiss-registered RosUkrEnergo gas transportation company, the Russian gas giant's press service said

* Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell are preparing a joint memorandum on their participation in each others' assets, including Shell's share of oil and gas deposits off Russia's Pacific island of Sakhalin, Gazprom's Deputy Chairman Alexander Medvedev said

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