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Putin Says Russia Will Sign UN Crime Treaty

Russia said Monday it will sign a United Nations treaty aimed at combatting international crime including money laundering and trafficking in women for prostitution.

Putin Regrets Cool Post-Soviet Ties With Cuba

President Vladimir Putin, in comments made public Monday, said a cooling in post-Soviet relations with Cuba had been a mistake and called for the removal of the U.S. embargo on the Caribbean island.

Mediators Visit Azerbaijani-Armenian Border

An international mediation team met separately Monday with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan to discuss ways to reduce sporadic violence along the two countries' border, a U.S. official said.

Sitting Governors Win in Regional Elections

Incumbent governors won in three of five regional elections held over the weekend across Russia, according to news reports Monday.

Yeltsin Undergoes Cataract Surgery

Former President Boris Yeltsin underwent successful eye surgery last week for cataracts, a Kremlin spokesman said Monday.

Kidnapping of Observers in Georgia Condemned

The Security Council has strongly condemned the seizure of two U.N. observers in the separatist Georgian region of Abkhazia as a terrorist act and demanded they be immediately released.

U.S. Eyes Russia-China Military Sales

The United States is closely eyeing Russian sales to China of advanced military hardware but does not believe they yet upset the balance across the Taiwan Strait, a senior U.S. diplomat said Tuesday.

EBRD to Improve Ukrainian Roads

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will make a 75 million euro ($66 million) loan to improve Ukraine's roads, bank officials said Monday in a statement.

13 Arrested at Protest Rallies in Belarus

Police arrested 13 people during human rights protests in Belarus over the weekend, and five spent a night in jail, a human rights group said Monday.

Afghan Delegations Meet for Talks

The first meeting in new peace talks between Afghanistan's rival factions failed to make any progress on ending the nation's civil war, a United Nations negotiator said Monday.

Palladium Fixes at New High

Palladium prices surged to a new high Tuesday as export assurances from key supplier Russia failed to convince consumers that the scarce metal would arrive in the market promptly in January.

Gusinsky Arrested in Spain

Russian media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky, wanted in his country on fraud charges, has been arrested in southern Spain on an international warrant issued by Moscow, the National Police said Tuesday.

Gusinsky Spokesman Says Russia Deceived Spain

A spokesman for Russian media magnate Vladimir Gusinsky said Tuesday that Russian prosecutors had deceived Spanish authorities, persuading them there were grounds to arrest the businessman on fraud charges.
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