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Bolshoi Theater in Moscow to Reopen After Six-Year Closure

Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- The Bolshoi in Moscow will hold a gala performance Friday evening, officially reopening after a six year renovation.

The special performance on Friday will be attended by President Dmitri Medvedev and other dignitaries, and will feature stars of the opera and dance world. Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu and prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova are scheduled to perform.

The Bolshoi's stage was completed in 1824, and has seen the premieres of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov," and Shostakovich's "Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District."

The Bolshoi garnered headlines in the United States recently for hiring an American to join its ballet company. David Hallberg, a 29-year-old from South Dakota, will start his first season with the Bolshoi on Nov. 4. He is the first foreign dancer to become a Bolshoi ballet principal.

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Medvedev Rules Out Run Against Putin

DMITRY ASTAKHOV / Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev has said he wants to run for a second tern, however has made it clear that he and Vladimir Putin wouldn't run against each other.

Medvedev revealed his feelings about next year's presidential elections in a Financial Times interview released Monday.

Medvedev says he will wait until later this year to decide if he will make a another run at the presidency. Putin has said the same.

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New START Treaty 'Top Priority,' President Obama Says

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(YOKOHAMA, Japan) -- President Obama said Sunday he wants the lame duck congress to pass the START treaty, calling it a "top priority."  The president made his comments after a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

He and Medvedev signed the treaty in April in Prague.  The nuclear agreement requires both countries to reduce their arsenals from 2,200 deployed warheads each to 1,550, with the reductions to come over seven years -- a 30 percent reduction from the last treaty.  The U.S. and Russia also agreed to reduce their long-range missiles and launchers to 700 for each country.

The Obama Administration wants the Senate to ratify the treaty before the new Congress takes over in January.  The Democratic majority then shrinks by six votes and the White House worries new members of Congress would block the treaty because they consider it too friendly to Russia.

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