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Venezuela ex-intel chief missing in Spain ahead of US extradition

MADRID, Nov 14 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Venezuela’s former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said.

“They are currently looking for him,” said a spokeswoman for Spain’s national police, referring to Hugo Armando Carvajal.

Judicial sources said police had gone to his house in Madrid after Friday’s court decision but could not find him.

Britain to become ‘second rate’ in the world after Brexit: EU’s Tusk

BRUSSELS, Nov 14 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Britain will lose influence in international affairs and become a “second-rate player” after it leaves the European Union, European Council President Donald Tusk said.

Backers of Britain’s 2016 vote to exit the EU, the world’s largest trading bloc, say that the country – the world’s fifth largest economy – will achieve a new global status unshackled from EU rules and closer to the United States.

Tusk said only a united Europe could confront an assertive China and play an effective global role.

Kiev says no plans for Zelensky-Putin talks ahead of Normandy Four summit

KIEV, November 14. /TASS/: Ukraine is not planning to arrange a bilateral meeting between President Vladimir Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin before the Normandy Four summit, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadim Pristaiko said on Thursday.

"We are not planning a bilateral meeting with Putin," Pristaiko told a joint news conference with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg.

Two Russians suspected of sending migrants from Turkey detained in Rhodes

ATHENS, November 14. /TASS/: Port authorities in the Greek island of Rhodes have detained two Russians, who are suspected of helping migrants come to Greece from Turkey, Russia’s embassy in Athens told TASS on Thursday.

According to the port service in Rhodes, on November 2 two Russian citizens named Malenkov and Belenko were detained near the island’s coast. "They are suspected of transporting illegal migrants to Greece from Turkey," the diplomatic mission said.

Veteran Russian voyager to embark on solar-powered, round-the-world glider flight

KRASNOYARSK, November 14. /TASS/: Veteran Russian adventurer Fyodor Konyukhov plans to take off on a non-stop flight around the world on a Project Albatros solar-powered glider in 2020 or 2021, as the famed explorer told TASS.

"We are setting our sights on 2020 or 2021," Konyukov said.

The glider with a wingspan of 44 meters is currently under construction. Plans are in store to equip it with solar batteries so that a pilot can fly the glider in the daytime, while at night, the aerial vehicle will glide on its own.

Boeing 737-500 crash in Kazan in 2013 was due to pilot’s bad training — investigators

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/: Investigators have completed the inquiry into the criminal case opened over a Boeing 737-500 passenger liner’s crash at Kazan airport in 2013, which claimed 50 lives, the press-service of the Investigative Committee told TASS.

"The criminal case has been handed over to the prosecutor’s office for the endorsement of the bill of indictment," the IC said.

Russia among leading suppliers of crude oil to China — energy minister

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/: Russia is holding leading positions in terms of crude oil exports to China and managed to boost supplies by 27.4% year-on-year in 2018, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said adding that the country is also a leader in export of electricity to China.

On Wednesday, Novak participated in a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, which was held at the venue of the BRICS summit.

Armenian Thai boxing champion shot dead in Moscow

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/: A three-time world Thai boxing champion, who led an association of Armenian sports federations, Ashot Bolyan, has been shot dead in Moscow, Russian investigators said on Thursday.

The 40-year-old former athlete was killed by an unknown attacker, who fired several shots, including into his head, as the man approached his car in southwestern Moscow.

One dead, three injured as student opens fire in Far Eastern college

MOSCOW, November 14. /TASS/: One person was killed and three injured on Thursday when a student opened fire at a college in Blagoveshchensk, a city in Russia’s Far Eastern Amur Region, the Amur Region department of the Russian interior ministry said.

The shooter committed suicide by turning the gun on himself.

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