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


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

    December 1


    * The European Union's Lisbon treaty, aimed at streamlining institutions and raising the bloc's global standing, comes into force


    December 2


    * U.S. President Barack Obama outlines a new strategy on Afghanistan, saying 30,000 troops would be additionally deployed by next summer


    December 3

    * Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signs a decree to establish diplomatic relations with Vatican City, and meets with Pope Benedict XVI

    * Prime Minister Vladimir Putin fields a wide range of questions from the Russian public during his live TV and radio phone-in, which lasted for four hours

    December 5


    * A fire caused by an indoor fireworks display at the Lame Horse nightclub in the Urals city of Perm leaves 152 people dead


     December 7


    * The 15th UN climate change conference, a result of two-year international talks on a binding treaty to cut the global emission of greenhouse gases, opens in Copenhagen


    December 8


    * At least 100 people are killed and more than 100 were injured as a result of coordinated bomb attacks in Iraq's capital of Baghdad


    December 10


    * U.S. President Barack Obama accepts the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Norway but acknowledges the controversy over the award, as his country continues to fight two wars


    * Russia successfully test launches a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile


    December 14


    * Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is attacked by a mentally ill man after his party meeting in Milan and taken to hospital


    December 15


    * Nauru, the world's smallest island state, recognizes the independence of the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia and South Ossetia


    December 16


    * Iran successfully tests an upgraded version of its long range solid-fuel Sejil-2 missile


    * NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen pays his first official visit to Russia and meets with President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin


     * Yegor Gaidar, one of the leading architects of free market reforms in post-Soviet Russia, dies at the age of 53


    December 17


    * Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signs a national climate doctrine


    December 19


    * The climate summit in Copenhagen accepts a summary document


    * Two people are killed in an explosion when a memorial to WWII heroes is demolished in Georgia's second largest city, Kutaisi


    December 24

    * Russia and Georgia agree to reopen a border checkpoint closed since July 2006


    December 25


    * Pope Benedict XVI is knocked down at St. Peter's Basilica during the Christmas Eve service


    December 26

    * Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko wins the Russian Figure Skating Championships to become an eight-time national champion


    December 28

    * Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin officially launches the East-Siberia - Pacific Ocean oil pipeline during his visit to the region

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