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Gunmen Killed Moderate Theologian in Dagestan

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 6:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Gunmen have killed a leading Muslim professor and his nephew in the restive southern Russian republic of Dagestan. Police say Maksud Sadikov and his nephew Zalimkhan Musayev were mowed down in a hail of bullets Tuesday night outside Sadikov’s home in Makhachkala, Dagestan’s capital. The attackers wounded another man before fleeing the scene. Regional investigators […]

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E. Coli Crisis to Overshadow EU-Russia Summit

Posted June 8th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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European Union and Russian leaders open a two-day summit in the central Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod Thursday that is likely to be overshadowed by a rift over Russia’s E. coli-related ban on EU vegetables. The European Union has reacted angrily to Russia’s decision to ban all EU produce. It wants Russia to lift the […]

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Russian Court Refuses Khodorkovsky Parole Request

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 1:15 pm (UTC-5)
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A Russian court has refused to consider the parole request of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky because it says his lawyers did not supply the necessary documents. Khodorkovsky and his business partner, Platon Lebedev, formally requested parole last week after serving more than half of their 13-year jail terms. But the court says no decision […]

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Ukraine, Russia Open Gas Price Talks

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 1:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says he hopes to find mutually beneficial solutions to the problem of Ukraine’s gas contracts during talks in Moscow Tuesday with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. At a meeting of the Ukrainian-Russian intergovernmental commission for economic cooperation, Mr. Azarov said his country believes the existing market-based agreement is unrealistic and […]

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Russian, NATO Anti-Terror Exercise

Posted June 7th, 2011 at 6:20 am (UTC-5)
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NATO and Russia are conducting an unprecedented joint anti-terrorism exercise. The first ever cooperative exercise began Tuesday morning with a Polish plane simulating a hijacked civilian aircraft. Russian jets have never taken part in such a NATO exercise. The aerial exercise will test the NATO-Russia Council Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI) aimed at preventing the type […]

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Gazprom: Ukraine Gas Prices Will Not Change

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom says it will not change the price it charges neighboring Ukraine. Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller said Monday the company will not invent any kind of new pricing formula for anyone. Ukraine has been trying to renegotiate the price it pays for Russian gas. It also wants to charge Moscow a […]

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Russian Arms Depot Fire Forces Evacuation

Posted June 3rd, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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A fire at a Russian ammunition depot has caused shells to explode and injured 30 people. Authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 28,000 residents who live near the plant. They said Friday the blasts may continue for another day at the arsenal in the republic of Udmurtia, 900 kilometers east of Moscow. Balls of […]

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Russia Bans Vegetable Imports from EU

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 3:10 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has banned the import of all fresh vegetables from the European Union as authorities try to determine the source of an E. coli outbreak that has killed 17 people, mostly in Germany. Russia said Thursday that vegetables already imported from EU countries would be seized. The chief of Russia’s consumer protection agency, Gennady Onishchenko, […]

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US Vice President Praises Italy as ‘Important’ US Ally

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 8:25 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has praised Italy as an important ally and partner of the United States during a visit to Rome for the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification Thursday. Mr. Biden met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome Wednesday for talks on the situation in North Africa and the Middle East, […]

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US Vice President Praises Italy as ‘Important’ US Ally

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 7:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has praised Italy as an important ally and partner of the United States during a visit to Rome for the 150th anniversary of the country’s unification Thursday. Mr. Biden met with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in Rome Wednesday for talks on the situation in North Africa and the Middle East […]

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