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    * Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged an end to military actions in the Gaza Strip and the need to allow humanitarian aid into the enclave, the Russian Foreign Ministry said

    * Russian diplomats began drawing up lists of Russian citizens for their possible evacuation from Gaza, which has been hit by massive Israeli airstrikes, the Russian embassy to Israel said

    * Twelve militants, including a warlord and foreign mercenaries, were killed in a security sweep in the Republic of Ingushetia in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, the Federal Security Service said

    * Two workers were killed and three others injured in a fire that broke out in a dormitory on the construction site of the Moscow City business center in western Moscow, the emergencies ministry said


    * The UN Security Council called for an immediate halt to all military activities in Gaza following Israeli airstrikes in response to rocket fire by Gaza militants against Israel

    * Israel is pulling tanks and infantry reinforcements close to Gaza in preparation for a possible attack on Hamas militants, Israel's Ynet web portal and the Israeli newspaper Jerusalem Post reported

    * The Israeli Air Force bombed a major command post of the radical militant group Hamas in Gaza, killing at least four Palestinians, a source in the Palestinian enclave said

    * A delegation of Ukrainian parliamentarians led by parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn arrived in Moscow to discuss the ex-Soviet republic's gas debt to Russia, Ukraine's news agency UNIAN reported

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