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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

RUSSIA

* A Russian Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer fighter-bomber crashed during a training flight in the Chelyabinsk region when its nose cone came off, the Defense Ministry said

* Six Russian skinheads were sentenced on Tuesday to prison terms ranging from 8 to 19 years for a series of race-hate murders in the Moscow region in 2009 and 2010.

* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's plane was forced to land in St. Petersburg instead of its destination of Moscow on Tuesday evening because of severe weather conditions in the country's capital, his press secretary, Natalya Timakova, said

* David Blatt has resigned as coach of the Russian national men's basketball team, the sport's federation sai

* State-owned hi-tech corporation Rostekhnologii (Russian Technologies) will buy 35 Boeing-737 airliners worth $3.5 billion at catalog prices, the companies said in a statement

* Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of energy giant Gazprom, has launched a project to develop shale oil production in Russia, the company said in a statement

WORLD

* Millions of people throughout the US Eastern Seaboard were without power or access to transportation on Tuesday after the biggest storm to hit the country in decades left at least 34 people dead, towns and roads underwater, trees toppled and power lines downed

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* A French Court in the city of Tarascon handed down a two-year suspended sentence to Irina Belenkaya, a Russian national accused of kidnapping her daughter and orchestrating an attack on her ex-husband

* US Tech Giant Apple announced late Monday night changes to its executive team, marking the biggest shakeup in company management since the death last year of co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs

* LiveJournal has launched a tool enabling users to earn money from their blogs by advertising other blogs or journals, country manager for Russia Ilya Dronov said

* It is not often that the Nobel Prize in Literature turns a vodka brand owner into a millionaire, but that is what happened in China

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