- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Main news of December 16



* Russian arms exports in 2008 have been worth over $8 billion, a deputy prime minister said

* Despite the recent positive tendency in Russian-U.K. relations, bilateral ties remain far too fragile, the Russian ambassador to London said

* Russia will supply Lebanon with 10 MiG-29 Fulcrum fighters, Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr said after a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Anatoly Serdyukov

* A senior Russian military official expressed concern about what he said were U.S. plans to set up military bases in the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

* Russia will hold several more test launches of the Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile next year before a final decision to adopt it for service is made, a senior Navy official said

* A Russian naval group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, en route to the Mediterranean, conducted a series of training flights over the Celtic Sea, a Navy spokesman said

* A Cambodian trawler with 14 Russian crew members onboard has been escorted to the Russian port of Nakhodka, in the Primorye Territory, after being detained for poaching crab, a regional coast guard chief said

* A villager in southwest Siberia is to take legal action against Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, after a rocket fragment fell on his land, a local administration official said


* The death toll in a bus crash in southern Israel has risen to 30, a spokeswoman for the Russian Embassy in Israel said

* The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on the Middle East peace process for the first time in five years

* India froze talks with Pakistan on the normalization of relations following bloody terrorist attack in Mumbai last month, the Indian foreign minister said

* Three Ukrainian political groups signed a formal deal reestablishing their pro-Western "orange" coalition, but failed to secure a majority in parliament after a split in the pro-presidential bloc

* Hamas leaders in Gaza have said they will not renew a ceasefire agreement with Israel, but do not plan any offensive attacks on the country, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz said

* A court in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki has jailed a group of police officers for beating a Cypriot student, Greek media reported

* The Russian ambassadors to South Ossetia and Abkhazia presented their credentials to the presidents of the two breakaway republics

* Pope Benedict XVI may visit Jordan on May 8 and Israel on May 11-15 next year, Italy's Il Foglio newspaper said

* About 380,000 chickens and ducks have been culled in eastern China's Jiangsu Province following an outbreak of bird flu, the Xinhua news agency reported

* A Saudi businessman has offered $10 million for one of the shoes thrown by an Iraqi journalist at U.S. President George Bush in Baghdad, Saudi television reported

* Cuban President Raul Castro announced that his administration is ready for dialogue with U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, according to Mexican news sources


* Russia's industrial output declined 8.7%, year-on-year, in November, but grew 3.7% over the first 11 months of the year, the country's top statistics body said


* Zenit St. Petersburg have granted their unsettled star Andrei Arshavin permission to speak to other clubs, Russia's Sport Express daily said

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала