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Main news of January 30



* Russia successfully launched its first carrier rocket of 2009, putting a Coronas-Photon research satellite into orbit, a Mission Control spokesman said

* Defense counsel for a former co-owner of top Russian cell phone retailer Euroset appealed against an arrest warrant issued for their client, Yevgeny Chichvarkin, who is currently in Britain

* Russia's GDP growth will be close to zero and budgetary revenues could decline 40% in 2009 amid the ongoing global financial crisis, a deputy prime minister and finance minister said

* Media rumors concerning the possible deployment of a Russian naval base in Yemen are false, a Russian Navy spokesman said


* Cold War allies Russia and Cuba signed a host of agreements in a bid to revive ties and improve economic cooperation

* The Georgian prime minister announced he had resigned for health reasons just three months after being appointed to the post

* Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev said he was open for dialogue with any party, including Chechnya's government and president, a Russian business daily reported


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