An Internet site close to al-Qaida's leadership announced on Wednesday that "good news" would be coming soon.
It was unclear what the message would be, but the flashing red banner was interpreted by several other Islamist web sites as a sign that Osama bin Laden would issue a new taped message soon.
Such announcements have usually been followed by an al-Qaida tape release within two or three days.
The head of Russian Technologies, Sergei Chemezov, clarified the fate of anti-aircraft guided missiles that Russia was supposed to deliver to China
The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13