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* After the events in South Ossetia, other states will have to take Russia's opinion into consideration, President Dmitry Medvedev said

* Russia's Agriculture Ministry has suggested cutting the imports of poultry, delivered mainly from the United States, in 2009 by 17%

* Eight people were killed when two cars collided head-on in the Altai Territory in the southeast of west Siberia, a law enforcement source said

* Russia hopes other countries will follow Nicaragua's example and recognize the independence of Georgia's breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the Foreign Ministry said

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* The European Union believes it is necessary to hold an international investigation of events in the Georgian breakaway republic of South Ossetia, the French foreign minister said

* Russia does not want its relations with the United States to deteriorate and is ready to cooperate with Washington on strategic issues, the Russian foreign minister told CNN

* An agreement on friendship and cooperation between Russia and Abkhazia is ready and will be signed in the next few days in Moscow, the Abkhaz president said

* Nicaragua has recognized the independence of Georgia's breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the Nicaraguan Foreign Ministry said

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