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Main news of December 28

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* China dismissed media reports saying that Chinese troops had entered North Korea, Xinhua said

* Syrian authorities freed 755 people arrested during anti-government protests, the national TV channel Syria reported

* The Russian Soyuz 2.1a rocket with Fregat booster and six American Globalstar-2 satellites has been launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said

RUSSIA

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pushed ahead with his far-reaching plan for political reform, outlining the time frame for his proposals to go before parliament

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he was ready for dialogue with the opposition, including his rivals at the presidential polls

* Moscow city authorities refused to give permission for a picket in support of jailed opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov, his wife Anastasia wrote in her blog

* Russia has seen a fall in alcohol sales over the past two years from 18 liters to 15 liters per capita a year, First Deputy Prime Minister V. Zubkov said

BUSINESS

* Turkey has given Russia a final permit to build the South Stream gas pipeline intended to carry Russian natural gas under the Black Sea to Europe, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

SPORTS

* The U.S. Tennis Association has hit Russian authorities with a $75,000 bill to compensate for their investment in Alex Bogomolov, Jr., who switched allegiances to Russia earlier this month, an official sai

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