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MOSCOW/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Russia handed over a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India on Saturday after years of delays, extending the South Asian country's maritime reach in the Indian Ocean as it looks to counter China's assertive presence in the region. The handover, at a shipyard near the Arctic Circle, underlined close defense ties between Russia, the world's No. 2 arms exporter, and the world's largest arms customer, India. But while India remains Russia's biggest buyer, it has started to look to new military suppliers and aims to build more hardware itself. It has recently rolled out new military purchase rules to lure local private companies into the sector. Read More
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov holds a joint press conference with his Egyptian counterpart on November 14, 2013 in CairoRussian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday that Iran nuclear talks had eliminated the fundamental areas of disagreement and there was a real chance of reaching a deal next week. "Our general impression is that there is a very good chance that must not be missed," the foreign ministry cited Lavrov as saying in a transcript of the interview broadcast on TVTs television. He said he was referring to a discussion with the European Union policy chief Catherine Ashton on the sidelines of the ASEM conference of European and Asian foreign ministers last week. "Now there are no fundamental disagreements on the practical questions that need to be resolved," Lavrov said, with both Iran and the group of six world powers ready to "seek points of contact."


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Albanians celebrate Prime Minister Rama's rejection of a request by the U.S. to be part of an operation to destroy Syria's chemical weapons in TiranaBy Anthony Deutsch and Benet Koleka THE HAGUE/TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania rejected on Friday a U.S. request to host the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons, dealing a blow to a U.S.-Russian accord to eliminate such arms from the country's protracted civil war. Negotiations went down to the wire as the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague hit the deadline on Friday for a step-by-step plan to get rid of 1,300 tonnes of Syria's sarin, mustard gas and other agents. Albania's refusal marked an unprecedented break from its traditionally staunch allegiance to NATO ally Washington and may make it hard to meet destruction deadlines. "It is impossible for Albania to get involved in this operation," Prime Minister Edi Rama, just two months in the job, said in a televised address to the nation.


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Thousands of Albanians in Tirana, Friday Nov. 15, 2013, greet the announcement by Prime Minister Edi Rama saying he turned down a request by the United States to be part of an operation to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, under the supervision of international experts. Albania, a NATO member, was seen as a possible choice since it recently destroyed its own poison gas arsenal. (AP Photo/Hektor Pusina)TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's surprise rejection of a plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons on its soil is helping rekindle battered national pride.


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Canada's Patrick Chan performs during the figure skating event at the 2013 Eric Bompard Trophy competition at the Bercy Palais-Omnisport (POPB) in Paris on November 15, 2013Chinese veterans Pang Qing and Tong Jian finally struck gold in Paris on their sixth attempt, winning the pairs title despite an error-strewn performance at the Trophee Bompard, the fifth in the six-leg ISU Grand Prix series on Saturday. The former two-time world champions lead all the way to seal victory in the free skating final and book their place in ISU Grand Prix final in Japan next month after taking silver in the Cup of China two weeks ago. Despite the glitches, the Olympic silver medallists scored their season's best 126.17 points for the free skate and 193.86 overall for their fifth medal in the Grand Prix in the French capital. Canada's Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford took silver for the second consecutive year with an overall total of 190.89 and 124.82 for their free skate to the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack.


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Russian police killed the main suspected organizer of last month's bombing of a bus in Volgograd and several other suspected militants in Dagestan on Saturday, Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said, confirming earlier media reports. The federal government body said that the husband of the suicide bomber who detonated the bus bomb was among five militants killed in a shootout after a stand-off lasting hours at a house in Makhachkala, capital of the violent North Caucasus region of Dagestan. Read More
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White House press secretary Jay Carney listens to a question from a reporter during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. At the briefing Carney answered questions about NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Russia. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The crisis in Syria, arms control and missile defense headline what are expected to be chilly talks between top U.S. and Russian foreign and defense chiefs, a sit-down tainted by the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, which led President Barack Obama to cancel his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.


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FILE - In this file photo taken on Monday, May 30, 2011, Russian lawmaker Yelena Mizulina speaks during a news conference on proposed legislation to curb the number of abortions in Russia, in Moscow, Russia. Mizulina has used her position as the head of the Committee on Family, Women and Children to author increasingly conservative laws, including a new Russian bill outlawing “homosexual propaganda” that was signed into law in June. A Russian politician with the sober demeanor and tightly-wound bun of an English boarding school headmistress has taken up a new mantel as moral defender of the motherland, vowing to curb gay rights, punish cursing on the web, and halt Russia’s demographic decline with, among other things, a divorce tax. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)MOSCOW (AP) — She has the sober demeanor and tightly wound bun of a boarding school headmistress. And she's Vladimir Putin's new morality crusader, spearheading efforts to curb gay rights, punish online cursing and impose a tax on divorce.


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