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Main News of August 23

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Main News of August 23 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


*Russia has handed to the United States documents required by the country to consider the extradition of convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, the Russian Justice Ministry said.

*Specialists at Dikemark Psychiatric Hospital may refuse to treat Anders Breivik, accused of mass murder, even if the court on Friday acknowledges him insane because their last evaluation showed the defendant had no mental illness, Aftenposten daily reported.



*Moscow authorities have named on Thursday two parks to serve as “Speakers’ Corners,” though an opposition leader said the venues are too isolated to attract protesters.

*Outspoken environmental activist Yevgenia Chirikova proclaimed on Thursday her bid to become mayor of the Moscow satellite city of Khimki the beginning of the “next step” in the battle against what she called shortsighted Kremlin policies.

*A Russian court has agreed to look at fresh witness evidence in the case of Taisiya Osipova, the wife of a radical opposition activist who claims police set her up, a lawyer said.



*Russia's grain harvest will total 75 million tons this year, in line with the lower edge of previous forecasts of 75-80 million tons, Russia's Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov told Rossiya 24 TV.

*Russia's United Aircraft Holding intends to build a new 130-140 seat airliner which should appear on the market by 2016-2020, UAC's president Mikhail Pogosyan said at an air transport forum in Russia's Ulyanovsk.

*Russia's United Aircraft Corporation is interested in the creation of a major international alliance of aircraft-makers including companies from a range of countries, its president Mikhail Pogosyan said.

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