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    * Joint energy projects are advantageous for Russia and Greece, Russian Industry and Energy Minister Viktor Khristenko said in an interview with the Greek newspaper Katimerini on the eve of the official visit by Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis to Moscow on December 17-19

    * Russian energy giant Gazprom said it does not intend to review the timeframe for the Nord Stream pipeline being built under the Baltic Sea to pump Russian natural gas to Germany

    * The leader of Russia's SPS opposition party, Nikita Belykh, said he would resign at the party's congress scheduled for Monday, following the party's crushing defeat at the December 2 parliamentary elections

    * Four militants and one police officer were killed in a special operation in the Republic of Chechnya in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region, the republican interior ministry said

    * Four children and their mother were burnt to death following a fire that swept through a house in the Chelyabinsk Region in Russia's southern Urals, the local emergencies center said

    * Russia beat the Czech Republic 5-1 to win the Channel One Cup of the Euro Hockey Tour in Moscow

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    * Kyrgyzstan held early parliamentary elections expected to hand President's Kurmanbek Bakiyev's party a clear victory and end two years of political upheaval in the ex-Soviet state

    * None of the opposition parties in Kyrgyzstan is likely to win seats in a new parliament, an international analytical group, Binom, said following the results of its exit polls

    * One woman was killed and two other people were wounded after Turkish warplanes bombed villages in northern Iraq early in an effort to crush Kurdish rebels, CNN-Turk TV channel said

    * Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk slammed as impermissible a warning by the Russian army chief that a possible U.S. anti-missile launch from Poland could provoke a Russian ballistic counterattack

    * The planet's oldest living person, Grigoriy Nestor, died at the age of 116 in the Lvov Region in western Ukraine

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