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Main news of February 21

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Dozens of people are believed to have died in the Libyan capital of Tripoli as security forces loyal to leader Muammar Gaddafi launched attacks against protesters demanding an end to the four-decade-old regime

* Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement has decided to establish a political party, a senior member said

* Libya's Justice Minister Moustapha Abdel Jalil has resigned in protest at "the excessive use of force" used against demonstrators during continuing unrest, the Libyan paper Quryna said


* Russia's president has instructed the emergencies and railways chiefs to evacuate Russians from Libya where the government is using force to squash protesters, a spokeswoman said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has dismissed Federal Security Service (FSB) deputy head Vyacheslav Ushakov over his poor performance, press secretary Natalya Timakova said

* Russia and the European Union are preparing a gas road map to 2050, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said

* Defendants in the murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova told a jury trial they were not guilty

* The Moscow Region's top prosecutor has been suspended amid a scandal over alleged links to illegal gambling, police say


* Russia's gas giant Gazprom has rejected a request from Germany's energy group E.ON to fully peg its supplies to spot gas prices

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