The Russian Information Agency Novosti begins its Hotline coverage for Sunday, 18 January 2004.
* Murat Zyazikov, President of Ingushetia (Russia's autonomous republic in the North Caucasus), will start his visit to the UN Geneva Headquarters. In the course of the 3-day visit, he is to meet with senior officials of the UN Human Rights, Refugees, and Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Offices, as well as with representatives of the UN Development Programme. It is expected that the parties will discuss the ongoing relocation of displaced persons from Ingushetia to Chechnya and the living conditions of Chechen refugees in the tent camps in Ingushetia.
*The 26th off-road auto marathon Telefonica-Dakar /Paris-Dakar/ is to finish on the shores of the Lake Rose near the capital city of Senegal.
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