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Renault Agrees to Raise Support for AvtoVAZ

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin oversaw the deal with the French carmaker on his two-day trip to Paris, where he also wrapped up a host of other deals, including signing up French participation in the South Stream pipeline.

Putin Dodges Question on Magnitsky

When asked by a French journalist on Friday about Magnitsky's death, Putin said although human rights issues are important, prime ministers "are forced to address specific issues that have to do with industry and the economy."

Tver Man Shoots 2 Police in Patrol Car

The attack came after a spate of police violence against citizens, including the fatal beating of an Abkhaz man in Moscow last week, and an increasingly heated debate over the need to reform the Interior Ministry.

Dagestani Deputies Protest Candidates

In a rare example of open criticism of the center and dissent within United Russia, Dagestan’s regional assembly passed a motion saying the list of presidential candidates for the region was flawed.

Shmatko, Iran Discuss Oil Products

The prospect of Russian oil product supplies to Iran came as the International Atomic Energy Agency rebuked the country Friday for secretly building a uranium-enrichment plant — a project that fueled fears that it was seeking a nuclear bomb.

Customs Union Agreements Signed

President Dmitry Medvedev met with his counterparts Alexander Lukashenko and Nursultan Nazarbayev in Minsk on Friday, where they agreed to the creation of a unified customs tariff that will start Jan. 1.

25 Dead in Luxury Train Bombing

The attack Friday evening, which killed two senior government officials, was the worst terrorist strike outside the North Caucasus since 2004 and was also the second time bombers have derailed the Nevsky Express, raising fears that militants could step up attacks on the country's expansive, low-security rail network.

Iran Plans to Build 10 Enrichment Factories

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The decision by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government will further aggravate tensions between the Islamic Republic and major powers seeking a diplomatic solution to a long-running dispute over Iranian nuclear activities.

Ruble Falls on Dubai Debt Troubles

The currency's fall comes after a nearly three-month rally and brings some relief to authorities worried that the currency’s strength could derail the export-oriented economy’s fragile recovery.

Train in Dagestan Bombed

Combined Reports
An explosive went off under train No. 374 en route from the Siberian oil town Tyumen to Azerbaijan's capital Baku at 5:52 a.m., said a police spokesman in the Dagestani capital Makhachkala.

Ukraine Requests New Gas Formula

Naftogaz announced the proposal to amend the formula that Gazprom uses to calculate the price of gas just days after Gazprom relaxed contract obligations for Ukraine.

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