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Main News of February 21

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* Eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund will provide a second 130-billion euro bailout aid package to Greece to help it repay its massive debt and avoid a default, Eurogroup President Jean Claude Juncker said

* Russia will continue with the overhaul of its missile defense unless the United States drops its plans for a European missile shield or proposes a scheme for a joint effort, the Russian president said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed the prospect of repealing the Cold War-era Jackson-Vanik Amendment, a major hurdle in bilateral trade, with Max Baucus, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

* Russia Bowed out of 'Friends of Syria Group' Meeting in Tunisia

Russian presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov said he will form his own political party that would be larger than the ruling United Russia party

* New S-400 Triumf air defense systems have been delivered to Russia’s Western Military District and will be put on alert duty in a month

* Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, was summoned for questioning by the French police over suspicion of his involvement in organizing a prostitution ring and misuse of corporate funds, French media reported

* Russia’s s poverty rate increased by 0.2 percentage points in 2011 to 12.8 percent of the country’s population compared with the previous year, Alexander Surinov, head of the Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat), said

* Andrei Arshavin has been dropped to Arsenal's reserve squad after a series of mediocre performances for the first team.

* A team of Russian scientists have resurrected a plant from 30,000-year-old seeds discovered in the Far Eastern permafrost in an unprecedented experiment marking a step towards unveiling the secrets of ancient life on Earth

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