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    * Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the Georgian leadership's actions during the current opposition protests in the capital Tbilisi as a farce

    * Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, will support a moratorium on a key arms reduction treaty in Europe, Speaker Boris Gryzlov said

    * An Mi-8 Hip helicopter that crashed in Liberia on Friday, killing the three Russian pilots on board, was shot down, a spokesman for a Russian air carrier said

    * A total of 350 observers will monitor elections to Russia's lower house of parliament on December 2, about three times fewer than four years ago, Vladimir Churov, the top election official said

    * The Russian Space Agency confirmed the composition of the main and back-up crews of the 17th International Space Station (ISS) expedition

    * Russia will complete the second construction phase of the Tianwan nuclear power plant in China and build a gas centrifuge facility under a new medium-term nuclear cooperation deal, which was signed by Atomstroyexport and China's state-owned Jiangsu Nuclear Power Corporation

    * Another body has been discovered at the scene of Sunday's fire at a nursing home in central Russia, raising the death toll to 32, the Tula Region deputy governor said

    * Russia could mediate in the ongoing conflict between Kurdish separatists and Turkish troops on the Iraqi border, a Kurdish envoy said

    * A think tank for freedom and democracy proposed by Russia to be set up in one of the European capitals could start work as early as 2008, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, an aide to the Russian president, said

    * Moscow will keep up the pressure on Latvia to give the Russian language official status in the Baltic country, a Foreign Ministry official said


    * Japan's Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura said Tokyo could fund part of the costs of disabling N. Korean nuclear facilities under a deal reached at six-party talks on Pyongyang's denuclearization, the Kyodo agency said

    * Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said a U.S.-sponsored multilateral conference on Palestinian statehood would be held in the last week of November

    * Turkey's President Abdullah Gul called on the United States to engage more fully in his country's fight against Kurdish rebels in North Iraq

    * Donald Tusk, set to become Poland's prime minister this week, said:

    - Poland's military contingent in Iraq should be brought home next year

    - his government would be open to debate on U.S. plans to deploy missile defense elements in the country

    * Italian police have arrested 20 foreign nationals on charges of international terrorism, Italy's ANSA news agency said

    * Seven people, including five Russian nationals, suspected of being part of a gang of contract killers are wanted by Greek police, the Greek state television said

    * The U.S. and NATO are concerned over Russia's threat to withdraw from the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) and are ready to look at ratifying the document, the assistant secretary of state said

    * Former Georgian defense minister Irakly Okruashvili, facing several charges in Georgia, has threatened revenge on President Mikheil Saakashvili should his family suffer as a result of his political statements

    * Several thousand opposition supporters gathered for a fifth day of rallies in the center of Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, demanding the president's resignation

    * Kyrgyzstan will make every effort to provide support to the United States in their anti-terrorism operations in Afghanistan, the Kyrgyz Security Council secretary said

    * Latvia's government approved a draft deal with Russia on the removal and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, the Baltic country's environmental authorities said


    * Russian energy giant Gazprom signed a deal with Gasunie, giving the Dutch natural gas transportation company 9% in a pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea

    * Inflation in Russia in October was 1.6% against 0.3% last October, and 9.3% in the first ten months of 2007 compared with 7.5% year-on-year, the state statistics service said

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