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KUIBYSHEVSKY ZATON SETTLEMENT, KAZAN, MOSCOW – A search and rescue operation continues on the Volga River, at the site where the MS Bulgaria sank on Sunday. Almost 200 people could be on board. About 80 people have been rescued, nine people died and the fate of about 100 is still unclear.
VIENNA – The head of the Kremlin administration, Sergei Naryshkin, makes a working trip to Austria, where he will visit the International Anti-Corruption Academy, meet with the president and the interior minister of Austria as well as with leadership of international organisations.
MOSCOW – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov goes on a three-day official visit to the United States. The Russian minister will participate in a Middle East Quartet meeting and will have negotiations with US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Lavrov will also have meetings in the US Congress and with political experts and public figures.
SITUATION IN LIBYA
WASHINGTON – The United States is confident that Muammar Gaddafi must step down.
BEIJING – China sends humanitarian aid worth 7.8 million dollars for the Libyan people.
TEL AVIV – A delegation of the government of Muammar Gaddafi has met with the leader of the Israeli opposition party Kadima, Tzipi Livni, and relayed to her a recorded message from Gaddafi.
BEIRUT – The results of the first round of a “national dialogue” announced in Syria.
BRUSSELS – A series of meetings of European institutions’ leadership and heads of financial agencies from leading countries of the European Union take place here to coordinate prospects for working out a new anti-crisis program for Greece.
ASHGABAT – President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and St. Petersburg governor Valentina Matviyenko discuss cooperation projects in the economic and cultural sectors.
WARSAW – The conference Challenges to the Development of the Common European Asylum System, organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the Convention relating to the Status of Refugee (the Geneva Convention) takes place here.
LIPETSK – Over 1,500 representatives of youth organizations – members of the All-Russia People’s Front take part in a federal forum that opens in the Lipetsk region.
MOSCOW – The Moscow district military court passes sentence on 13 participants in a skinhead group, accused of 27 murders.
NEW YORK – A week-long tour of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre begins here within the framework of Lincoln Center Festival. It will present at the Metropolitan Opera the Anna Karenina, Little Humpback Horse, Carmen Suite and Symphony in C Major ballets.