News in Brief

Kasyanov Negotiations



Former Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov said Wednesday that he would resume talks with liberal opposition parties to choose a single presidential candidate for the March election after the State Duma vote.

"I hope that after Dec. 2 an understanding of their responsibility to the people will be awakened in them," Kasyanov told journalists and about two dozen members of his movement, the Russian People's Democratic Union.

In a sign that Kasyanov would push for his own candidacy, he accepted a proposal from supporters Wednesday to be formally nominated as a presidential candidate at a congress on Dec. 8. (MT)




Next Mideast Talks in Russia



Russia will host the next Middle East peace conference, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday.

"We have yet to agree on the timing and agenda of this meeting," Lavrov told reporters after a conference in the United States between Israel and the Palestinian president. On Tuesday, the United States, Israel and the Palestinian president agreed to start talks to secure a peace deal by next year that would create a Palestinian state. (Reuters)




The eXile Now in Russian



A Russian-language version of the alternative English-language biweekly The eXile will be available on its the newspaper's web site.

The Russian version of the newspaper, which went up on The eXile's web site Wednesday, will consist of translated articles, the newspaper said in a statement.

Eventually the site will generate its own Russian-language content separate from the English-language version, with its own writers and a blog, it said.

"After 10 years it finally dawned on us that everyone in Moscow speaks their own language," editor and founder Mark Ames said in the statement. "[W]e decided to make our Internet site available to them in their language as well as in English." (MT)