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    * The sixth round of long-running six-nation talks aiming to persuade North Korea to abandon nuclear research opened in Beijing with the United States agreeing to unfreeze the reclusive Communist state's Macao bank accounts

    * North Korea threatened to exclude Japan from six-party denuclearization talks if it failed to fulfill its commitments, a source close to the talks said

    * Russia could place space monitoring radars on the territory of its embassies in several countries to track the launches of ballistic missiles abroad, the commander of Space Forces said in an interview

    * Russia's permanent representative to the U.N., Vitaly Churkin, criticized Joachim Rucker, Special Representative of the U.N Secretary-General in Kosovo, for taking a biased position on the territory's status

    * The death toll in a methane explosion at a mine in West Siberia has risen to 74, the Ministry of Emergency Situations said

    * Talks on the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which Russia is building in Iran, will continue after the New Year holiday in the Islamic Republic starting March 21, the project contractor said

    * Russia's Space Forces must guarantee the country's independent access to outer space and ensure its permanent presence there, the defense minister said

    * Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to his country, which holds 15% of the world's uranium reserves, in the summer for negotiations on joint uranium production and enrichment

    * All illegal armed groups in Chechnya will be eliminated within a two-month period, the president of the troubled North Caucasus republic said

    * A Moscow district court sentenced a group of police officers to prison terms of two to seven years on charges of selling forged VIP license plates used by state officials

    * Russia's nuclear equipment export monopoly Atomstroyexport said it planned to build a nuclear power plant in Morocco

    * Vsmpo-Avisma, controlled by Russian arms export monopoly Rosoboronexport, is considering the establishment of a joint venture in India, the titanium producer's chief executive said

    * A delegation of the International Atomic Energy Agency will visit the Angarsk chemical plant, the site of the uranium enrichment center, March 20, a first Russian deputy prime minister said

    * A total of 37 servicemen were killed in the Russian Armed Forces in February 2007, the Defense Ministry said

    * Russia's gross domestic product (GDP) increased 8.4% in the first two months of 2007, Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref

    * The opening of the Iran-Armenia gas pipeline took place in Agarak, on the Armenian-Iranian border, with Presidents Robert Kocharyan of Armenia and Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran attending, Armenia's Channel 1 reported

    * Ukraine's parliament plans to hear Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry reports Wednesday about the possible deployment of U.S. missile-defense systems on Ukrainian soil, a deputy parliament speaker said

    * Some 30,000 cubic meters of sewage could pollute the Baltic Sea via the Curonian Bay following an accident at a sewage system in Klaipeda, Lithuania, a local radio station said

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