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    A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

    RUSSIA

    * The Russian and U.S. presidents discussed the negotiations on a new strategic arms reductions treaty and said it was possible to talk about a date for the deal to be signed, the Kremlin said

    * Police killed four militants in a special operation in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the Federal Security Service said

    * Landslides in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan have destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of 82 people, emergency workers said

    * Russian army sappers render harmless some 100,000 mines and other forms of ammunition every year, an Armed Forces official said

    * Moscow police are sparing no effort to track down the people who shot dead an officer and critically injured another early on Saturday, a police spokesperson said

    WORLD

    * A Georgian television station sparked panic throughout Georgia by broadcasting a fake news item about a supposed invasion of Russian troops and murder of President Mikheil Saakashvili

    * The Georgian government moved to calm public fears of a Russian invasion sparked by a fake television news report intended to illustrate a studio discussion on the chance of a fresh conflict

    * The Russian language is stronger than Ukrainian and would become the country's main language if it was given official status, the speaker of Ukraine’s parliament said

    * At least 28 people were killed and hundreds were evacuated from their residences in southern Kazakhstan after flood waters had swept away two dams.

    * At least 10 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a security checkpoint in northwest Pakistan, police said

    SPORTS

    * Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is certain that the country's Paralympics team will demonstrate its "skill and spirit" at the Vancouver Games, the government press office said

    * Russian national coach Guus Hiddink will not manage the Ivory Coast at this summer's World Cup, the Dutch trainer said in a newspaper column

    * Anzhi Makhachkala, promoted to the Russian Premier League after FC Moskva folded last month, started their unexpected season in the top flight with a 0-0 home draw against Spartak Nalchik

    * Zenit St. Petersburg's Portuguese midfielder Danny struck in the 66th minute to give the 2007 champions three points in their opening game of the season against Krylya Sovetov in Samara

    * An injury time goal by CSKA Moscow's Japanese striker Keisuke Honda gave the former Red Army side all three points against Amkar Perm in the opening game of the 2010 Russia season

    * Roman Pavlyuchenko fired Tottenham Hotspur to a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers with his fourth and fifth goals in three league games

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