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    RUSSIA

    * Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has submitted bills to the State Duma on amendments to the Constitution aimed at changing the presidential and parliamentary terms, the Kremlin said

    * Fears by Western consumers that a group of natural gas producing countries that includes Russia will lead to price manipulation are ungrounded, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

    * Russia, the United States and the European Union still have time to agree on ways of ensuring security before missiles are deployed in Poland and Russia's Kaliningrad Region, the Russian foreign minister said

    * The fire safety system that was thought to have malfunctioned and caused the deaths of 20 people on board a Russian nuclear submarine was in order, a source in the investigation commission said

    * Russia will supply at least 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Ukraine in 2009, energy giant Gazprom said

    * Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is expected to take part in a roundtable of Russia-EU industrialists in Cannes on Thursday, a Russian co-chairman said

    * Greece is to participate in the production of the Russian MS-21 medium-haul passenger aircraft and in post-sale servicing of the Be-200 amphibious aircraft, the Russian industry minister said

    * Up to 400,000 people receive Russian citizenship a year, a spokesman for the Federal Migration Service said

    *  One person was injured when an unidentified explosive device went off in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, a police source said

    WORLD

    * A Ukrainian parliamentary commission investigating illegal weapon supplies to Georgia has established that over 15 Ukrainians were involved in Tbilisi's attack on South Ossetia, the group's head said

    * Long-delayed talks on a new comprehensive cooperation pact between the European Union and Russia could resume on November 25, a senior European diplomat said

    * Egypt expects to double its annual trade with Russia to $8 billion in the next few years, the Egyptian prime minister told his Russian counterpart

    * Russia's peacekeeping contingent will arrive in Chad in mid-November as part of the UN peacekeeping operation, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said

    * Italy's prime minister urged U.S. President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday to focus on improving ties with Russia, Italian media reported

    * Lithuania's Defense Ministry plans to buy two long-range radars to monitor airspace to replace Soviet-made equipment - three P-37 radars and three P-18 radars, the ministry said

    *  The Cuban foreign minister met with Russia's president in Moscow and said the countries must seek to build stronger economic ties

    * The Neustrashimy (Fearless) frigate is providing protection for a Danish vessel carrying Russian crew members off the Somali coast, a Russian navy spokesman said

    * The health of the crew aboard a Ukrainian cargo ship seized by pirates off the Somali coast more than a month ago is "satisfactory," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said

    * Abkhazia is conducting a planned battalion-level tactical exercise with live firing, a deputy defense minister of Georgia's separatist republic said

    * Israel resumed fuel supplies to the Gaza Strip, a defense ministry spokesman said

    * The Russian-born Israeli billionaire Arkady Gaydamak is standing in mayoral elections in Jerusalem, along with an ultra-Orthodox rabbi, a high-tech millionaire, and a marijuana activist

    * NASA said its Phoenix Mars Lander had ceased communications after operating for more than five months on the Red Planet, and announced the termination of the successful space exploration project

    * The luxury British ocean liner QE2 ran into a sandbank near Southampton on Tuesday morning, causing an embarrassing upset before a ceremony to mark its final voyage and Remembrance Day

    * Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed a 4,300-year-old pyramid in the Saqqara desert, an Egyptian culture official said

    * Japan's Naoko Yamazaki will fly on board the Atlantis space shuttle to the International Space Station in 2010, Russia's space agency said citing a NASA announcement

    * U.S. president-elect Barack Obama has been assigned Renegade as his secret service codename, the Chicago Tribune reported

    BUSINESS

    * The head of Ukraine's national energy company Naftogaz arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian energy giant Gazprom on a long-term gas supplies contract until 2019, the Naftogaz press office said

    * Oil production in Russia will grow by 8-20%, and natural gas by 42% by 2030 in line with Russia's draft energy strategy, business daily Vedomosti reported

    * China and Iraq have signed a deal to jointly develop an oil field in Iraq, the Xinhua news agency said

    SPORTS

    * A top Zenit St. Petersburg official has told RIA Novosti that Andrei Arshavin deserves the opportunity to play for a "top Western side"

    * Real Madrid have set their sights on Zenit St. Petersburg's Andrei Arshavin, according to Spain's Marca and AS sports newspapers

    * CSKA Moscow's president has denied rumors that the club's Brazilian striker, Vagner Love, is set to leave the side when the winter transfer window opens

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