Main News of February 6

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

SPORTS

* Organizers of the Sochi Winter Olympics are hoping a spectacular opening ceremony will get the criticism-beleaguered Games off to a flying start Friday at the Fisht stadium

* Russia’s Foreign Ministry called on all warring parties around the world to observe an “Olympic truce” on the eve of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi

* Russia charged into the lead of the inaugural team figure skating event at its home Olympics as world champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the short program

* The first competition got under way at the Sochi Winter Games as the sport of slopestyle made its much-anticipated Olympic debut

WORLD

* The European Union is ready to boost aid to Ukraine if Kiev pursues economic and political reforms, a senior EU official said

* Russian Ambassador to Libya Ivan Molotkov has returned to Tripoli three months after a mob attack on the embassy’s building, a senior staff member said

* Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has vowed that amnestied protesters will be released from jail as soon as possible, his administration said

* Russia has released two Georgian nationals arrested in 2008 and jailed for espionage, a Georgian official said

RUSSIA

* A Progress-M resupply craft that launched Wednesday evening from the Baikonur cosmodrome has successfully docked with the International Space Station, delivering 2 ½ tons of fuel and other supplies

* Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the government to draw up plans on moving state-owned companies and federal agencies to the Far East

* Russia exported $4.78 billion worth of arms and military equipment to India last year, a senior Russian arms industry official said

* Police in Russia’s Far East said that they are investigating a group of suspects they believe mounted a $28.7 million fraud scheme while repairing navy warships

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