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Morning re-cap of main news, October 18

* Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said a Russia-EU visa agreement could be signed by the end of the year

* Russia has concluded negotiations with Argentina on accession to the World Trade Organization

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said Ukraine might join the World Trade Organization in December

* NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer is scheduled to meet Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko in Kiev

* Russian diplomats in Madrid said five men detained by Spanish police last week aboard a vessel carrying more than three metric tons of cocaine were Russians

* World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz arrived in Moscow on a two-day official visit

* Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref said proposals to set up a Russian oil stock exchange would be ready by November

* The Finance Ministry said foreign companies would be allowed to develop the country's natural resource deposits but with some restrictions

* Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller announced that his deputy, Alexander Ryazanov, would become the new president of oil major Sibneft

* A senior official in the Russian Tax Service and an employee of the Central Bank were caught taking a $1 million bribe

* The Russian border department said the Russian trawler detained by the Norwegian Coast Guard would be convoyed to Murmansk

* Russia and Brazil signed a contract to send a Brazilian astronaut to the ISS on board a Russian Soyuz spacecraft

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