Russia's foreign trade turnover amounted to $67.2bn in the first half of2002 versus the corresponding period last year, thus dropping 3.7 percent,the State Customs Committee reported. In particular, exports from Russiatotaled $46.7bn, or 7 percent less than in the first six months of 2001,and imports were at $20.5bn, or 5 percent more. The positive trade balancewas reported at $26.1bn, or $4.5bn less than in the first half of lastyear..
The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was found in a well on the territory of the residence of the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul
The month of October was rich with rare astronomical phenomena.