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Main news of January 26


* Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova became the winner of the 2008 Australian Open in Melbourne after beating Serbia's Ana Ivanovic in the finals

* Russia delivered a seventh fuel shipment to the Bushehr nuclear power plant it is building in southern Iran, the Islamic Republic's state-run media said, citing Iranian nuclear officials

* Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov said he was not going to quit the race for president of the Russian Federation despite media restrictions and alleged intimidation campaign

* Russia is concerned over Ukraine's drive to join NATO, which may seriously harm Russian-Ukrainian relations, the Foreign Ministry said

* Iran is hoping that the UN Security Council will not adopt a new resolution on sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its controversial nuclear program, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said

* A group of unidentified gunmen abducted a female U.S. citizen and her Afghan driver in southern Afghanistan, a local news agency reported

* A total of 442 servicemen died in accidents and other non-combat incidents registered in the Russian Armed Forces in 2007, the Defense Ministry said

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