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    * Turkmenistan's acting President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov was approved as presidential candidate by the Central Asian state's top legislative body along with five other contenders

    * The People's Council of Turkmenistan scheduled the country's presidential election for February 11, 2007 and passed the law on presidential elections

    * The People's Council of Turkmenistan approved amendments to the Constitution, which vest the deputy prime minister with presidential powers in the event of the president's incapacity

    * Sergei Kupriyanov, a spokesman for Gazprom, said Gazprom wants Belarus to pay for natural gas deliveries $75 per 1,000 cubic meters plus $30 in Beltransgaz shares, while Belarus is ready to pay $45 per 1,000 cu m plus $30 in shares of the Belarusian government-owned pipeline company

    * Alexander Medvedev, the head of Gazprom's export arm Gazexport, said:

    - Gazprom will continue to deliver Europe-bound gas to the Russian-Belarusian border from January 1 even if no gas contract is signed with Minsk

    - The proposals that Gazprom made to Belarus on natural gas deliveries are more than beneficial and there may be no more concessions

    - Gazprom interpreted Azerbaijan's silence on the amount of natural gas it would like to buy in 2007 as a refusal to buy

    * Gazprom and Moldova agreed on Russian natural gas deliveries to Moldova at $170 per 1,000 cubic meters in 2007, the Russian energy giant said

    * Gazprom agreed that Belarus's Beltransgaz company, which controls Europe-bound gas pipelines, has a value of $5 billion, the chief executive of the Russian gas monopoly said

    * Gazprom said it reached an agreement with two Egyptian companies on joint prospecting and exploration of oil and natural gas in Egypt

    * Head of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) Rovnag Abdullayev said Azerbaijan would not buy natural gas from Russia at $235 per 1,000 cubic meters

    * Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych proposed Azerbaijan its services on Caspian oil deliveries to Europe

    * Russia's Supreme Court upheld a life sentence for the only surviving terrorist, Nurpashi Kulayev, involved in the September 2004 siege of a school in the southern Russian town of Beslan after an appeal hearing

    * Russia launched three Glonass-M satellites, expanding its global navigation satellite system, Glonass, with three satellites, a spokesman for the Russian Federal Space Agency said

    * Russia conducted 45% of the world's spacecraft launches in 2006, maintaining its leading position, the head of the Federal Space Agency said

    * Anatoly Byshovets, who led the Soviet soccer team to gold medals at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, was appointed head coach of Russia's soccer club Lokomotiv Moscow, a club official said

    * A court in Russia's Far East ruled to fine a Japanese trawler captain over $41,700 for illegally fishing in Russian waters

    * The Prosecutor General's Office intends to bring new charges against jailed Yukos founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his associate Platon Lebedev, a lawyer for Khodorkovsky said

    * The opposition in Kyrgyzstan said it would stage protests if the parliament approved a new Constitution to broaden presidential powers

    * The prosecution in two bomb explosions in Moscow's underground in 2004 said three key suspects should be given life sentences for involvement in the attacks, which killed a total 49 people and injured more than 300 others

    * Russian political scientist Andrei Suzdaltsev, known for criticism of the Belarusian authorities, was denied by Belarusian authorities to visit Minsk for the New Year holidays

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