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Clashes in Russia's Caucasus kill 10 rebels

Russian security forces killed at least 10 suspected militants on Friday in clashes in the North Caucasus, where the Kremlin is fighting a growing Islamist insurgency, federal authorities said. Full story

U.N.'s Ban urges Libyan authorities to halt violence

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday urged Libyan authorities to "stop fighting and stop killing people" and said the priority of the world body was to secure a ceasefire. Full story

Medvedev: Space will remain a key Russian priority

Russia must preserve its pre-eminence in space, President Dmitry Medvedev declared Tuesday on the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Full story

Veteran Russian journalist beaten in Moscow

Veteran reporter Sergei Topol was beaten up in central Moscow Wednesday as he was leaving his flat, police said, underlining Russia's position as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Full story

Medvedev says Russia worried over use of force in Libya

President Dmitry Medvedev told Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday that Russia was concerned over possible civilian casualties in what he called the "indiscriminate" use of force in Libya, the Kremlin said. Full story

Leader of Russia's Chechnya gets new 5-year term

Lawmakers in Russia's Chechnya region handed strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov a new five-year term on Saturday, unanimously approving the Kremlin nominee in a vote whose outcome was never in doubt. Full story

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