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Russia’s Putin leaves China with no gas deal

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin left China on Wednesday after a visit that yielded $7 billion in trade pacts but no breakthrough on a long-delayed gas deal with the world’s top energy consumer. Putin held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao andPresident Hu Jintao in Beijing on his first foreign trip since he announced plans…

Russia grounds Soyuz rockets after space crash

Russia has grounded its Soyuz rockets after a space ship carrying tonnes of cargo for the International Space Station (ISS) crashed into Siberia shortly after blast-off, an official said on Thursday. The failed launch of the unmanned Progress capsule was a spectacular blow for Russia which had proudly become the…

Ahmadinejad: Nuclear weapons a waste of money

MOSCOW — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called nuclear weapons a waste of money Sunday as he prepared to receive a top Russian security official for crisis mediation talks. Ahmadinejad said he was looking to build a closer relationship with Moscow and expecting to see the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant…

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