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09/09/2010

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Bombing in North Ossetia Kills 15

The Associated Press
A suicide car bomber hit the central market of the North Ossetian capital on Thursday, killing at least 15 and wounding more than 130 people in one of the worst attacks in the volatile region in years, officials said.

Visa-Free Pact With EU Is Elusive

When Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos launched an initiative in January to lift visa restrictions between the European Union and Russia, he raised hopes among Russians and Europeans fed up with long lines and bureaucratic headaches.

Hungary May Buy Surgut's Stake In MOL

The Hungarian government announced Wednesday that it had begun discussions about Surgut's purchase of a stake in the national energy company MOL, a deal that has long riled Hungarian authorities.

U.S. to Speak Up for Rights Activists

Two senior U.S. officials promised that Washington would speak openly about its concerns over Russia's human rights record during a meeting with the country's top rights activists Wednesday, two activists said.

RusAl Web Site Courts Minorities in Norilsk

United Company RusAl unveiled a web portal detailing its complaints against Norilsk Nickel's management and Vladimir Potanin's Interros Holding, in what analysts said was a long-shot bid to win support from minority owners.

Pilots Called Heroes After Crash Landing

Seventy-two passengers settled into their seats as their Tu-154 jet lifted off the runway of the Sakha republic's Polyarny Airport for a five-hour flight to Moscow. But 3 1/2 hours later, the plane suffered an electrical failure and made a remarkable emergency landing.

Altai Journalist Charged With Libel

The outspoken editor of an Altai opposition weekly has been charged with defamation and inciting ethnic hatred for calling the republic's administration a "nest of vipers" and Governor Alexander Berdnikov an "alcoholic."

Blaze Wipes Out Small Altai Village

Combined Reports
An Altai region village of 433 houses was completely destroyed by wildfires Wednesday, Interfax reported.

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