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    Morning re-cap of main news, April 2

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    * Ukraine's political crisis exacerbated as President Viktor Yushchenko said he had signed a resolution to dissolve parliament and scheduled early elections for May 27, while the Rada called the move illegal

    * Two U.S. Air Force bombers violated Iranian air space last week, a Tehran-based Arabic language news channel, Al-Alam, said

    * Iranian television will no longer broadcast film of the detained British Navy personnel due to 'positive changes' in Britain's stance on the issue, Iranian state radio said

    * Ukraine requested the postponement of President Viktor Yushchenko's visit to Moscow, which was due to start April 3, over an escalating political crisis in the ex-Soviet state, the Kremlin press office said

    * U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez said a Soviet-era Jackson-Vanik amendment restricting trade with Russia could be lifted to improve bilateral ties

    * A new anonymous witness in the case of a former Russian security officer poisoned in London last year implicated U.K.-based fugitive oligarch Boris Berezovsky in an interview with state television Sunday

    * Experts from the international nuclear watchdog have started a follow-up inspection of a nuclear power plant in southern Russia, the plant said in a statement

    * At least six companies will bid for a 20% stake in Gazprom Neft owned by Yukos at an auction of the bankrupt company's assets, Russia's Federal Property Fund said

    * Russia's technological watchdog has suspended work at 33 mines for five days due to breaches in work safety, Rostekhnadzor said

    * Prosecutors have charged three medical staff at a private clinic in southern Russia with illegally testing Belgian-made vaccines on children between one and two years of age

    * Russia's ban on foreign traders working at retail markets will leave prices unaffected, the top migration official said on the second day after the law came into effect

    * At least 21 people are dead in the aftermath of two earthquakes and a tsunami in the Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, regional mass media agencies said

    * Russia will oversee a month-long exercise of the Black Sea Naval Cooperation Task Group (Blackseafor), a Black Sea Fleet official said

    * Atomenergomash and France's Alstom have signed an agreement to establish a joint venture to manufacture equipment for nuclear power plants, nuclear power monopoly Rosatom said

    * General Motors has decided to invest $300 million in a new car assembly plant near St. Petersburg, the city's economics, industrial policy and trade committee said

    * Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev appointed a number of ministers to the new coalition government, the presidential press service said

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