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07/16/2012

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Cabinet Tweaking Agricultural Subsidies Under WTO

The Cabinet approved a new long-term plan to support farming, changing some approaches that could raise questions among WTO members.

Political Opposition Sees Hope in a Small Ryazan Town

Saturday is wedding day in Kasimov, a crumbling provincial town 250 kilometers from Moscow. Precessions of honking cars make their way down Sovetskaya Ulitsa, past waving pedestrians. The few restaurants are booked for wedding banquets.

U.S. Parents Cautiously Welcome Child Adoption Treaty

The Associated Press
When they adopted their son from a Russian orphanage in 2007, veterinarian Dan Genatiempo and his wife, Nancy, endured a year filled with red tape, tens of thousands of dollars in travel costs and months of anxious waiting.

U.S. Woman Who Returned Russian Son Must Pay Child Support

The Associated Press
A woman who ended her adoption of a 7-year-old Russian boy by putting him on a plane to Moscow by himself lost her bid to keep from paying $150,000 in child support.

3 Astronauts and a Doll Blast Off Into Space

The Associated Press
A Soyuz craft launched into the morning skies over Kazakhstan on Sunday, carrying three astronauts on their way to the International Space Station, where they will quickly start preparing for a frenzy of incoming traffic.

X5 Head Quits Amid Weak Sales

Reuters
The chief executive of top food retailer X5 Retail Group has quit amid persistently weak sales, paying the price for losing the support of shoppers and investors.

Tajikistan Initiates Crackdown on Internet Critics

Reuters
Tajikistan plans to create a volunteer-run body to monitor Internet use and reprimand those who openly criticize President Imomali Rakhmon and his government.

Government to Offer Loan Guarantees for MS-21 Aircraft

Bloomberg
The government plans to offer guarantees for bank debt to help market a narrow-body aircraft being developed by state-owned United Aircraft Corp.

Novatek Signs Deal to Supply Gas to Germany's EnBW

Reuters
Russia's second-largest gas producer, Novatek, has signed a landmark deal to supply German utility EnBW with gas, setting foot in the lucrative European market.

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