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Main news of November 3

© RIA NovostiMain news of November 3
Main news of November 3 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* At least 20 civilians have been killed in clashes with government troops in Syria on Thursday, a day after Damascus pledged to withdraw its forces from protest centers under a deal with the Arab League to end months of bloody massacre, Al Arabiya TV reported.

* Greece needs a sixth tranche of European aid - 8 billion euros - by December 15, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said.

* Israeli will freeze its annual contributions to the UNESCO budget after the UN cultural body granted membership to Palestine, the prime minister's office said.

* Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev advised debt-laden countries on Thursday to cut their spending immediately and called on stronger states to support demand in the eurozone, in Russia's first official statement on the European crisis.



* Russia expects Viktor Bout to appeal his conviction in the United States on charges of illegal arms dealing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

* Russia's financial aid to the eurozone countries may be defined in the next few hours, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

* Negotiations on Russia’s admission to the World Trade Organization will be officially completed next week, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

* The Russian response to the U.S. travel ban on Russian officials allegedly linked to the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky contains the same number of names, 11, a top Russian diplomat said.

* Russia will finalize the details of a long-discussed visa agreement with the United States by the end of November, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said.

* A Cultural Center commemorating Soviet Gulag labor camps will be opened in Moscow, the head of the city’s Culture Department, Sergei Kapkov, said.




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