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    * Russia is adhering to the six points of the original version of a peace deal brokered by France during Russia's recent conflict with Georgia over breakaway South Ossetia, the foreign minister said

    * Russia's NATO envoy said the country will stand by its decision to recognize the independence of Georgia's separatist provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

    * Russia is disappointed and concerned over North Korea's decision to halt the disablement of its nuclear facilities in Yongbyon, the Foreign Ministry said

    * Russia will not reinforce its naval group in the Black Sea, the deputy chief of Russia's General Staff said

    * Russia will not return the weapons and military hardware its troops collected after Georgian forces abandoned them following their August 8 offensive on South Ossetia, Russia's chief military prosecutor said

    * A senior Russian military analyst suggested that the U.S. and NATO by arming Tbilisi used the conflict in Georgia as a dress rehearsal for a future military operation in Iran

    * Russia's Design Bureau for Transport Machinery has completed the construction of a launch pad for a new-generation carrier rocket at the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia, the company head said


    * Georgia withdrew all but two of its diplomats from Russia a day after Moscow recognized Georgia's two rebel regions as independent, but Russia insisted that bilateral contacts must be maintained

    * The South Ossetian president confirmed his intention to allow the Russian military to set up a base in the republic

    * South Ossetia has transferred 85 captives to Georgia and received 13 prisoners in return, the rebel republic's human rights envoy said

    * The fact that Kosovo's independence has been acknowledged by some 50 countries does not justify Russia's decision to recognize Georgia's breakaway regions, the Kosovan president said

    * A second United States naval vessel carrying humanitarian aid docked at the Georgian port of Batumi, amid Russian accusations that the ships are bringing arms to bolster the Georgian military

    * Georgia's president has said he will not attend a European Union summit to address his country's conflict with Russia, as he fears Moscow would not let him return.

    * Two hijackers of a Sudanese plane surrendered at a desert airport in Libya after releasing all hostages, Libyan authorities said

    * A fire at a military depot in eastern Ukraine spread to a weapons depot with 95,000 tons of ammunition and set off a series of explosions, an emergencies official reported

    * Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its second lowest level since the start of satellite observations of the territory, and could melt further to exceed the 2007 record, a U.S. research group said

    * The death toll caused by a flood triggered by heavy monsoon rains in north India's state of Bihar has reached 55 people, and over 120,000 have been forced to flee their homes, national television reported


    * Oil company Slavneft said that its net profit calculated to US GAAP declined 24.4% year-on-year to $532.7 million in 2007

    * Indonesia will buy 20 Russian BMP-3F infantry fighting vehicles, the Russian ambassador to Jakarta has said

    * The U.S. luxury hotel chain Hilton has opened its first hotel in Russia, the company said in a statement

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