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Main news of December 25
Death toll in Ukrainian apartment blast rises to 20
The death toll from a gas explosion in an apartment building in the southern Ukrainian resort of Yevpatoriya late on Wednesday has risen to 20, a RIA Novosti correspondent reported from the scene Thursday.
Moscow court finds ex-Yukos official guilty of embezzlement
Russia's federal mortgage agency receives $2 bln
Russia's federal mortgage agency said on Thursday it had received 60 billion rubles ($2 billion) from the state.
Russian GDP growth 2%, inflation 10-12% in 2009 - Kremlin aide
Courts banned 6,500 Moscow debtors from leaving country in 2008
This year Moscow bailiffs prohibited to leave Russia some 6,600 residents of the Russian capital, who failed to repay their debts, the head of the federal baliff service said on Thursday.
Russia to transport natural gas from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan
The head of Russian energy giant Gazprom and a senior Turkmen minister agreed Thursday on the technical aspects of a pipeline to transport Caspian natural gas to Russia, the company said in a press release.
Over 1,000 protest parole of Chechen woman's murderer
Russian President Medvedev signs package of anti-corruption laws
Russia's president said Thursday he had signed a package of anti-corruption laws.
Security services kill 12 militants in Russia's North Caucasus
Israeli PM sends 'last-minute' warning to Gaza over rocket fire - 2
Brazil to buy 1.2 billion condoms to fight AIDS in 2009
Israeli PM sends 'last-minute' warning to Gaza over rocket fire
Pro-Kremlin youth group has gifts for 'most unfriendly' leaders
Russia's pro-Kremlin political youth movement, Nashi (Ours), has prepared gifts for the country's "most unfriendly governments," according to the organization's press release.
Production may be to blame for failed Bulava test - General Staff
The chief of the Russian General Staff said Thursday that production flaws could be to blame for Tuesday's unsuccessful test launch of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile.
Georgia's president hit prime minister in face - newspaper
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has hit Prime Minister Grigol Mgaloblishvili in the face and thrown a phone at him, the Alia daily reported on Thursday, citing an unnamed source.
Russia hopes Obama administration will listen in START talks
Russia hopes the new U.S. administration will be more ready to listen to Russia's position regarding a replacement for a strategic weapons treaty, a deputy Russian foreign minister said Thursday.
Solar mission launch starts busy year for Russia's space agency
Russia will start off its new space year in January by launching an orbital laboratory to study the sun's activity, a spokesman for Russia's space agency told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
2008 Review: August
Valuev's manager dismisses possible rematch with Holyfield
Russia's WBA Heavyweight World Champion Nikolai Valuev has no plans of a rematch with defeated former U.S. champion Evander Holyfield, the Russian fighter's manager said on Thursday.
Putin: Russia Discloses 230 Foreign Intelligence Staff in 2014
US Warns Americans of Travelling Abroad Due to Terrorist Threat
NYPD Officer Suspended After Beating Teenager
Fukushima Not Affected by Japan Earthquake
UN Urges Israel to Pay Lebanon $850Mln for 2006 Environmental Damage
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
One Austrian Teenage Girl Recruited by IS Killed, Other Missing: Reports
Top Secret Japanese Submarines Likely to Replace Australia's Aging Fleet
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