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Nemtsov withdraws from presidential poll
MOSCOW, Russia
Veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov withdrew from Russia's presidential race yesterday, saying the opposition needed to put forward a single candidate in the March election.
In a statement on his personal Web site, the former deputy prime minister and Union of Right Forces presidential candidate said the Kremlin had turned democratic elections into "a clear-cut farce."
"(The Kremlin) is using Goebbels-esque propaganda, law-enforcement and administrative resources against opposition candidates," Nemtsov said, referring to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels. "The democratic opposition needs a single candidate. Therefore, I have made the decision to withdraw from participation in the presidential election."
Arms supply
TEHRAN, Iran
Russia is to supply Iran with new S-300 air defense systems, Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar said yesterday, a sign of growing military cooperation between Moscow and Tehran.
"The S-300 air defense system will be delivered to Iran on the basis of a contract signed with Russia in the past," state television quoted Najjar as saying. Najjar didn't say when or how many of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile defense systems would be shipped to Iran.
The S-300 is a series of Russia's longer range surface-to-air missile systems.
Weapons smuggler
RAFAH, Egypt
Egyptian police arrested early yesterday a weapons smuggler and found in his house near the border with Israel more than half a ton of explosives and 1,200 kilograms of potassium nitrate used in making bombs, a security official said.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said police arrested Mahdi Salim Abu Freig, 21, after raiding his house in el-Amir district in the Rafah border town at dawn.
Holiday gift cargo
MOSCOW, Russia
An unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying 2 tons of supplies, including holiday gifts, docked yesterday at the international space station, officials said.
The Progress M-62, which lifted off Sunday from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, docked at the orbiting outpost at 11:14 a.m. (Moscow time), Russia's Mission Control spokesman Valery Lyndin said.
The ship delivered food, including fruit and vegetables, drinking water, fuel, equipment, oxygen and Christmas and New Year's gifts for the crew.
Gifts are traditionally given in Russia on New Year's Day. Russians celebrate Orthodox Christmas on January 7.
Ten men arrested
TUNIS, Tunisia
A Tunisian court jailed 10 men for up to five years yesterday for attempting to join al-Qaida fighters in Iraq, a defense lawyer said.
"Karim Elbaloumi, an architecture student, was given five years in prison and the other nine were sentenced to two years in jail," lawyer Samir Dylo said.
Dylo said the court convicted the men of planning to join insurgents, having military training and recruiting people to fight U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq.


Updated : 2021-04-14 12:09 GMT+08:00