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10/22/2007

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Spy Agency Told to Help Companies

The Foreign Intelligence Service must work harder to protect the interests of Russian companies abroad, President Vladimir Putin said Friday, introducing former Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov as head of the spy agency.

Call Center to Field Complaints from Voters

Voters will be able to report campaign violations and voting irregularities in upcoming State Duma and presidential elections to call centers nationwide, Public Chamber members said Friday.

Gorbachev Heads New Group

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has been elected head of a new political movement founded, he said, to fight corruption and help bring democratic principles to Russia.

Zyuganov Says United Russia Trying to Extend Putin's Rule

United Russia wants to turn the State Duma elections into a political coup to prolong President Vladimir Putin's rule, Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said.

No Mop for Women in Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- A giant leap is about to be made for womankind.

Glitch Sends Soyuz Craft Off Course

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan -- Malaysia's first space traveler and two cosmonauts survived a rough descent Sunday after a technical glitch sent their Soyuz spacecraft on a steeper-than-normal path during their return to Earth, officials said.

Student Charged Over Video

Prosecutors have charged a student with inciting ethnic hatred after he posted an execution video on the Internet.

Protest Blamed for Deadly Jail Riot

An uprising at a prison for minors that left three people dead last week was sparked by a group of inmates protesting the transfer of a fellow prisoner, Federal Prison Service chief Yury Kalinin said.

Gates Goes From Russia to Ukraine

KIEV -- U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Kiev on Sunday for talks on missile defense, Turkey and Afghanistan a week after holding tough talks in Russia on the same divisive issues.

Hermitage Shuts London Branch

St. Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum is closing its branch in London because of funding problems and rising exhibition costs.

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