The Russian Information Agency Novosti begins Hotline coverage for Thursday, January 29, 2004.
* Igor Ivanov, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jan Egeland, United Nations Deputy Secretary General for humanitarian affairs and UN coordinator for international cooperation, are meeting at the conference table.
* Another two-day round of Russo-Ukrainian negotiations to demarcate the Azov-Kerch water area is taking start at the level of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs-Victor Kaluzhny for Russia and Alexander Motsik for Ukraine.
* The federal Interior Ministry is hosting a news briefing on, "Streamlining the Migration Legislation and International Migration Agreements".
* The federal Ministry of Transport is holding a news conference on "Increasing the Safety of Petroleum and Petrochemical Product Shipments by the Russian Merchant Marine".
* Mikhail Shvydkoi, Russia's Minister of Culture, and Karen Shahnazarov, Director General of the Mosfilm cinema concern, address a news conference on the Mosfilm 80th establishment anniversary.
* Customs service heads of the World Customs Organisation's European part open an international conference at President Hotel. Coming under debate will be the use of pioneer information technologies by customs offices, and guarantees for the Atlantic-Pacific transport route to be one whole.
* Yuri Koptev, Director General of the Russian Aerospace Agency, is addressing a news conference on, "Does Russia Have Prospects for Star Journeys?" at the Moskovsky Komsomolets press centre.
* Presidium members of the Russian Interreligious Council-Primates and leaders of established religions and confessions-address a news conference at Hotel Universitetskaya on the Council 5th establishment anniversary and an upcoming 2nd Interreligious Peacemaking Forum, Moscow, March 2-3.
* The Amur Autumn, 2nd open Russian film forum for the Far East, is taking start. The Cinema House, central club of the Russian Cinematographists' Union, arranges a gala evening to open the event. Chinese partners of the forum will take part.
* A Progress M1-11 cargo ship is to be launched, 14.58, Moscow time, to reach the International Space Station.
* A Russian delegation is starting a routine visit to Armenia. Leading the delegates is Boris Aleshin, Deputy Prime Minister and co-chairman of the Armenian-Russian intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation.
* An US-Russian technological symposium is gathering at the Stanford University, January 29-30. Andrei Fursenko, Russia's acting Minister of Industry, Research and Technologies, will take part.
* The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, or PACE, is in session. Tomorrow's agenda will concern Iraq-related issues, combat against international terrorism, and the Ukrainian constitutional reform.
* A current session of the European Parliament holds a gala to award the Sakharov Prize for 2003 to Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General, and other UN functionaries for an outstanding contribution to peaceful conflict settlement, and in memory of those who gave their life in that noble cause.
* President Mikhail Saakashvili of Georgia is arriving in Germany on a two-day visit on Federal Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's invitation.
* An international conference, 21st Century Politics in Research and Technologies, is opening. To last two days, it has been arranged by the sOECD, or Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. A Russian delegation is expected to attend.
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