International Agreements

NICOSIA, Cyprus - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed 15 agreements boosting bilateral ties with Cyprus on Thursday, including a key accord abolishing double taxation that officials hope will be a boon to investment in both countries.

ALGIERS, Algeria - Algeria and Russia signed six deals Wednesday in sectors including energy and transportation during a visit by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

BRUSSELS - The European Union and South Korea signed a free trade pact on Wednesday, cutting billions of dollars in industrial and agricultural duties despite EU carmakers' fears of a surge in cheap imports.

UNITED NATIONS - The Obama administration is hoping for an overwhelming Senate vote this year to ratify the new arms control treaty with Russia, the chief U.S.

BRUSSELS - The surging economies of Asia should be granted more power in the traditionally Western-dominated global financial institutions, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Monday at the opening of the Euro-Asian summit.
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