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Sri Lanka Bomb Kills Dozens

Suspected Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels killed 61 people in a mine ambush on a bus on Thursday in the worst attack since a 2002 truce, officials said, prompting a wave of air strikes on rebel positions.

10,000 Troops Launch Anti-Taliban Offensive

More than 10,000 Afghan and coalition forces have begun a massive anti-Taliban operation across southern Afghanistan, the largest offensive since the 2001 invasion that toppled the Taliban regime, the U.S. military said Thursday.

A Grin and Bear It Summit

The Russian agenda for the G8 summit next month is taking shape.

From Pudgy to Pooh Bear

The year 2006 will go down in the annals of weather history as the one that wouldn't give Muscovites a break.

Business in Brief

Record Oil Export Plan Russia will boost oil exports in the third quarter of 2006 by about 5 percent and will continue to use Lithuania's Mazeikiu refinery, which a Polish firm bought against Moscow's wishes, a schedule showed Thursday. The quarterly oil export schedule showed that exports from key seaports and via the Druzhba pipeline to Central Europe would rise by 220,000 barrels per day, to 4.45 million bpd, compared with the second quarter of 2006. The export plan is the biggest ever set by the Industry and Energy Ministry. (Reuters) Venezuela to Buy 24 Sukhois CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that his government planned to buy 24 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets as part of increased military spending to beef up the country's armed forces. Chavez has already purchased Russian attack and transport helicopters and 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles to modernize the military of the world's No. 5 oil exporter.

MTS Q1 Results Disappoint

The top mobile operator reports a net profit of $184.4 million, which is below market expectations.

E&Y Says Fear of Fraud Preventing Investment

One in five companies polled by Ernst & Young has decided not to invest in Russia and other emerging markets because of fraud fears, according to a survey released by the consultancy on Thursday.

News in Brief

Ministry Official Arrested A Foreign Ministry official based in Irkutsk has been arrested and charged with corruption for allegedly trying to extract a bribe from a travel agency, Itar-Tass reported Thursday. FSB officers arrested Sergei Kulik, head of the Foreign Ministry's representative office in Irkutsk, on June 7 after a sting operation in which he purportedly demanded a bribe from a travel agency director in exchange for issuing foreign passports to the company's employees. Kulik, 55, was charged with corruption Tuesday, Itar-Tass said. (MT) Basayev Talks of Kadyrovs Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev said in a newly released video that he paid $50,000 to organize the assassination of former Chechen President Akhmad Kadyrov in May 2004, reported Thursday. The video, filmed with a cell phone camera, shows Basayev talking with warlord Doku Umarov and saying he would pay a similar amount for the assassination of Kadyrov's son, Ramzan, who is now Chechnya's prime minister, said.

Severstal Crows About Steel Town

Every steel town in Russia has its Ploshchad Metallurgov, and Cherepovets is no exception. Few boast a steel chicken on the square.

Slander Could Be Deemed Extremist

The State Duma is expected to vote this month on a bill to expand the definition of extremist activity.

New Editor at The Moscow Times

Andrew McChesney, who started his journalism career with The Moscow Times more than nine years ago and has been with the paper ever since, is taking over from Lynn Berry as the paper's editor on Friday.

Russia Is Becoming Less Free, Study Says

Washington-based Freedom House adds that Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova are liberalizing.

Terrorism Is the Focus at G8 Meeting

Nurgaliyev warns against terrorists spreading propaganda online.

Yushchenko's Party in Talks With Old Foe

President Viktor Yushchenko's Our Ukraine announced Thursday that it was in talks with the pro-Russian Party of the Regions to create a governing coalition amid a continuing struggle to form a new government 11 weeks after parliamentary elections.

Contest Offers Youth Chance to Join Ruling Class

United Russia throws a beach party to lure young people into its ranks and run for parliament.

Iran Open to Offer by UN Powers

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Iran was ready to open negotiations on an offer by UN powers designed to encourage Tehran to relinquish its nuclear fuel enrichment program.

Putin Calls for Energy Club in Asia

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday backed the creation of an Asian energy club to further develop economic cooperation between Russia, China and four Central Asian nations.
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