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    U.S. President George W. Bush signed a bill Thursday repealing the Jackson-Vanik amendment for Ukraine

    The president of the self-proclaimed republic of South Ossetia in Georgia ordered his justice and foreign ministries to prepare legal documents for Russia's highest constitutional body in its bid to join the country, a presidential aide said

    Conflict mediators from Russia and the breakaway Transdnestr Republic in Moldova have decided to convene an urgent meeting to discuss Moldova's threats to step up the police presence in the self-proclaimed republic

    Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said Ukraine had demanded stricter regulations for a Russian convoy carrying humanitarian aid to Transdnestr

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko categorically denied that there could be any vote rigging in Sunday's parliamentary elections, but admitted that some members of his team could be exploiting the institutions of state in the run-up to the poll

    The World Health Organization said five out of seven people infected with bird flu in Azerbaijan had died

    Belarus election officials announced the final results of Sunday's presidential elections with incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko winning 83% of the vote

    The Russian Federal Service for Military and Technological Cooperation said the country would display more than 150 items at the SOFEX special weapons exhibition in Jordan March 27-30

    St. Petersburg prosecutors intend to appeal a jury decision that found the main defendant on trial for the murder of a nine-year-old girl from Tajikistan not guilty, a source in the prosecutor's office said

    A Siberian court quashed the four-year sentence of Oleg Shcherbinsky convicted of violating traffic rules in an accident last summer that killed Altai Governor Mikhail Yevodkimov

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