Russia launches Saudi satellite into space

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A Russian Proton rocket carrying an Arabsat telecommunications satellite was launched into orbit Friday, the Russian space agency said.

Arabsat 5B, launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, would be part of the ARABSAT satellite communications grid, and was the third such satellite launched by Russians.

It is due to serve the Middle East and North Africa, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

© 2010 AFP

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