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Main News of December 5

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Main News of December 5 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Dozens of current or former Russian diplomats and their spouses stationed in New York City have been charged in the alleged defrauding of $1.5 million from a government health care program aimed at helping the poor, US federal prosecutors said

* Senior diplomats from dozens of countries gathered in the Ukrainian capital for a summit playing out against the backdrop of persisting large demonstrations calling for the government's ouster and early elections

* Police issued an ultimatum to more than a thousand protesters surrounding Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers building in central Kiev, saying they must leave the area within five days or officers will take action

* The European Commission called for EU member states to renegotiate the terms of their agreements with Gazprom on the South Stream natural gas pipeline, saying some aspects of the project were unlawful

* Ukraine has signed a long-expected deal to cooperate with China on constructing an energy plant to convert coal into synthetic natural gas

* Investigators in Russia have launched a criminal inquiry into human trafficking of adopted Russian children in the United States

* The prime minister of the politically turbulent Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan dismissed the powerful and outspoken mayor of the country’s second largest city


* Russia’s federal budget will likely face a shortfall of around 10 trillion rubles ($302.5 billion) in revenues needed to finance the government’s budget commitments in the period 2017-2020, according to a government strategy document

* Proposals to create a bankruptcy process for individual Russians won backing from President Vladimir Putin

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