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    RIAN News Service looks back at the main events of the outgoing year; below the month-by-month review of 2009 continues, with May.

     

    RIAN News Service looks back at the main events of the outgoing year; below the month-by-month review of 2009  continues, with May:

    May 6

    * A NATO airstrike leaves around 100 civilians killed in the western Afghan province of Farah

     

    May 7

     

    * Russian President Dmitry Medvedev marks his first year in office

    May 9

    * A military parade involving over 9,000 personnel and dozens of military vehicles and airplanes is held on Moscow’s Red Square to mark Victory Day

    May 10

    * The Eurovision 2009 song contest opens in Moscow

     

    May 12

     

    * Russia and Japan sign an intergovernmental nuclear cooperation deal during Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's visit to Tokyo

     

    May 13

     

    * Russian President Dmitry Medvedev approves a national security strategy to last until 2020

     

    May 22

     

    * U.S. President Barack Obama signs into law legislation to reduce the financing of wasteful and inefficient military programs

     

    May 23

     

    * German President Horst Koehler is reelected by a special federal assembly for the second five-year presidential term

     

    May 25

     

    * North Korea carries out three test launches of short-range ground-to-air missiles following a successful nuclear test

     

    May 26

     

    * North Korea fires two short-range missiles into the Pacific, in apparent defiance against international pressure over its May 25 nuclear test

     

    May 31

     

    * South Ossetia holds parliamentary elections, with four parties competing for 34 seats in the republic's legislature

     

     

     

     

     

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