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11/19/2010

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Cigar Smoking Survives and Thrives

Imports of handmade cigars should return to pre-crisis levels in 2012 after falling by nearly half last year, Russia's exclusive importer of Cuban cigars has said.

Kremlin Won’t Probe Incomes

The Kremlin has refused to investigate disputed income declarations from several State Duma deputies, saying they are not specified as officials in a presidential anti-corruption decree.

Titanium Valley Emerges in the Mountains

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the government planned to create a “Titanium Valley” special economic zone in the Urals Federal District, which may cost 40 billion rubles ($1.3 billion) and will make products for the aircraft, automotive, shipbuilding and medical industries.

Village Slaughter in Federal Spotlight

As the country reeled from the shock of a village massacre that killed 12 people, including four children, federal authorities sought to find out how the bloodbath could have happened.

Pledges but No Breakthrough at Caspian Talks

A gathering of presidents whose countries border the Caspian Sea failed to resolve territorial issues, as analyst said ambiguity is in the interests of Russia and Iran.

Obama Pitches START

The Associated Press
A stern President Barack Obama on Thursday said it was a "national security imperative" for the Senate to ratify a pending nuclear arms treaty with Russia before ending its work this year.

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