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Main news of January 6



* Russia's Foreign Ministry said it doubts that Saturday's presidential elections in Georgia were democratic because they were accompanied by pressure on opposition candidates and the "administrative resource" was widely used

* Russia's border guards have joined search for eight missing crewmembers of a Bulgarian cargo ship that sank Thursday in the Azov Sea, an emergencies service spokesman said


* The number of ballots cast for Mikheil Saakashvili in Georgia's presidential election has slipped below 50% to 49.07% with data available from 974 polling stations out of 3,512, the Central Election Commission said

* Several thousand Georgians supporting the top Mikheil Saakashvili rival held a rally in the country's capital Tbilisi showing their distrust of the presidential election vote count

* French President Nicolas Sarkozy will marry his girlfriend, singer and ex-model Carla Bruni, in early February, French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche said

* Several ballot boxes were smashed after Saturday's presidential election in Georgia in a car accident, and almost all ballot papers in the boxes were lost, an adviser to the Central Election Commission chairman said

* Iran does not intend to restore diplomatic relations with the U.S. severed in 1979, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said

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