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KUIBYSHEV ZATON, KAZAN, MOSCOW — The examination of the sunken Bulgaria is completed. The ship is taken over by the general contractor for the raising operation. Divers work near the ship.
MOSCOW — Two cranes are expected to arrive at the afternoon on July 16, the Emergencies Ministry’s main department in Tatarstan said.
ANKARA — The Contact Group on Libya will discuss in Istanbul Turkey’s proposals for the situation settlement in the Jamahiriya.
THE SITUATION IN ARAB STATES
BEIRUT – The Friday of Wrath in Arab countries. A mass demonstration will be held on Tahrir Square in Cairo to give “the last chance” to the authorities. The opposition in Amman prepares for a sit-down strike. Day of Prisoners of Freedom will be held in Syria.
BEIRUT — The situation on the fronts in Libya. The rebel forces and the Gaddafi-loyal troops fight north of El Brega. Zliten, 140 km away from Tripoli, is half freed by rebels.
MOSCOW — Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will have a working trip to the Chelyabinsk Region. The premier will visit the Magnitogorsk iron and steel works, where he will participate in the start of the first line of the cold rolling mill “2000”. He will discuss with workers activities of the All-Russia Popular Front, which Magnitka metallurgists have decided to join.
BELGRADE — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will confirm here the support for the European integration of Serbia and discuss economic cooperation between the two countries.
TOKYO — A new radioactive water clean-up installation developed by the Toshiba company is prepared for starting at Japan’s Fukushima-1 NPP.
MOSCOW — The spring drafting campaign is being concluded in Russia. The Defence Ministry planned to send 218,000 draftees to the army by mid-July, cutting the total number by a quarter.
MOSCOW — The international charity programme “Smiles to Children” is five years old. Known political, medical and culture representatives will visit children at the Moscow Plastic Surgery Institute.
BARNAUL – Wooden sculptures of characters of Shukshin’s works will be created by participants in the festival Strange People opening in the Altai village of Srostki.