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Russia Leads in Youth Murders

Russia has the worst record in Europe and Central Asia on homicides of young people, ranking ahead of Albania and Kazakhstan, and the world's highest youth suicide rate, according to recent reports.

Preschool Intruder Stabs Cook And Police

A Siberian man took a cook hostage and stabbed her and several police officers early Wednesday after gaining access to a deserted kindergarten in central Moscow by convincing the sole security guard that he was thirsty.

U.S.-Style Defense Research Agency in Offing

President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that he wants the Defense Ministry to create a unified research entity similar to one formed by the U.S. Defense Department in response to the Soviet Union's launch of Sputnik.

Fighter Who Fled Mental Hospital Detained in Norway

A mixed martial arts champion who fled a St. Petersburg psychiatric facility has been detained in Norway after applying for asylum. An Oslo police official said Vyacheslav Datsik was detained Wednesday.

New Bill to Help Small Businesses

The Moscow Times
The Economic Development Ministry is drafting a law to encourage small business by allowing more businesses to simply notify the authorities of the start of their operation, Minister Elvira Nabiullina said Wednesday.

Politics Just 'Vanity' for Nature-Lover Putin

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has come out with flattering praise for scientists studying wildlife in what looked like a review of his 10-day tour of the country's remotest regions in August.

Huge Traffic Jams Put a Damper on Carfree Day

The Moscow Times
Moscow participated in World Carfree Day for the third year running Wednesday, but the city suffered worse traffic jams than usual — even as officials abandoned their cars for the cameras.

Groundwork Laid for Medvedev-NATO Talks

The Associated Press
A planned summit between NATO leaders and President Dmitry Medvedev will significantly boost cooperation on the Afghan war, missile defense and fighting drug trafficking and piracy, a senior U.S. official said.

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