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Toasts to Tolerance as a Teenager Dies

Some 80 people from different ethnic groups and nationalities sat down to a sumptuous meal at City Hall on Thursday in an attempt to set a new world record and to celebrate the United Nation's International Day for Tolerance.

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Ship Goes Down Off Kurils A Russian fishing vessel sank in the Pacific Ocean Thursday just off Kunashir Island in the southern Kuril Islands, killing one sailor and leaving another missing, emergency official Alexandra Vasichkina said. The cause of the schooner's sinking was not immediately known. Vasichkina said 12 members of the vessel's crew were rescued, one was found dead and another remained missing. A search for the missing crewman was under way, Vasichkina said. (AP) FSB Refuses to Investigate The Federal Security Service has refused to investigate threats against civil rights activists that were posted in August on the web site of the ultranationalist group Russian Will, Kommersant reported Thursday. The web site listed eight people, including former human rights ombudsman Sergei Kovalyov, along with their photographs, home addresses and telephone numbers.

Sociologist Yury Levada Dead at 76

Yury Levada, the country's top sociologist who led a revival of public opinion research in the 1980s, died Thursday of an apparent heart attack in his office. He was 76.

Migration Chief Criticizes Ethnic Enclaves

The government should not permit the creation of so-called ethnic enclaves where foreigners outnumber native Russian citizens, the Federal Migration Service chief said Thursday.

Gaidamak Offers Free Getaway

Residents of the southern Israeli town of Sderot elbowed and shoved their way onto a fleet of buses Thursday, taking advantage of a free weekend away from the shadow of Palestinian rockets, compliments of controversial Israeli-Russian billionaire Arkady Gaidamak.

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