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Main News of October 3

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Russian authorities on Thursday completed pressing piracy charges against all 30 people detained aboard a Greenpeace icebreaker that was used in a protest where activists attempted to climb up a Gazprom oil rig in the Arctic

* Russian President Vladimir Putin fell victim to technology at a public event Thursday when an emotional response to a question about the Arctic was unintentionally caught on microphone

* The test launch of Russia’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile, codenamed Rubezh, could take place before the end of the year, a high-ranking defense industry official told RIA Novosti

* A daredevil motorcycle stunt ride through a Moscow metro station could end with prison time, after the biker was arrested on charges of hooliganism

* A conservative imam in Russia’s predominantly Muslim Republic of Tatarstan has called for a boycott of an upcoming concert by gay pop star Elton John, whom he branded as the “devil’s work in the shape of a pederast.”

* Russia is hopeful that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama will meet on the sidelines of an Asia Pacific regional summit in Indonesia on October 7, a Kremlin official said

* Moscow police arrested a gang of several dozen masked men who broke into an office building armed with an arsenal of weapons including nunchucks and bladed weapons, investigators said

* Russia’s blacklisting of websites and prosecution of online users have dropped the country 10 places on an annual Internet freedom list, placing the state between Venezuela and Zimbabwe


* The lockdown at the US Capitol in Washington has been lifted after shots were fired outside the Hart Senate office building. Officials say one police officer person was shot and injured, according to media reports

* All personnel at the Russian Embassy in Libya have been evacuated to Tunisia following an armed attack believed to be revenge for the killing of a Libyan army officer and his mother, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman said

* A screening of the documentary “Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer” was shut down on Wednesday night in southern Ukraine when a group of masked men smoke-bombed the venue and proceeded to beat and mace moviegoers, an event organizer said

* A French appeals court has rejected a bid by the jailed former chief executive of Kazakhstan’s third-largest lender, BTA Bank, to be freed from custody pending extradition hearings, the bank said

* The European Court of Human Rights ordered Russia to pay chess master-turned-political activist Garry Kasparov 10,000 euros ($13,500) in compensation for his “unjustified” detention in 2007.

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