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Main news of December 6

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Britain has received an a European arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is wanted in Sweden on rape allegations, the British media reported

* Russian and Poland are ready to breach discussion of the most difficult aspects of their shared history, President Dmitry Medvedev said during his visit to Warsaw

* Chinese President Hu Jintao urged his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama to help defuse tensions on the Korean Peninsula, warning they could otherwise escalate and get out of hand

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko urged his country to get rid of its "lackey psychology of dependence" on Russia and the West, in an address to an All-Belarusian national assembly in Minsk

* A Chechen emigrant, who was recently detained at the Vienna International Airport, was allegedly plotting an attack against the NATO infrastructure in Belgium, European media reported

* An alleged Russian spy working for a British member of parliament has been researching the UK's nuclear capabilities, the Daily Telegraph said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev rejected as unfounded allegations that Russia's Nord Stream and South Stream pipeline project projects were aimed at making Europe dependent on Russian energy supplies


* Russia's aviation watchdog Rosaviatsia is not planning to suspend the operation of Tupolev-154 passenger planes following recent incidents involving the aircraft, a spokesman said

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin expressed his support of tougher punishment for illegal hunting, including the poaching of tigers

* A program error caused a Russian Proton-M carrier rocket to deviate from its course and lose a booster carrying three Glonass-M satellites, a source in the Russian space industry said

* Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin asked the business community to report any problems related to "the unscrupulousness of Moscow city government officials"


* Italy is ready to buy a significant number of Russian-made Sukhoi Superjet 100 medium-haul airliners, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

* X5 Retail Group, Russia's largest supermarket chain, has bought 100% of discounter chain Kopeika for 51.5 billion rubles ($1.66 bln) from Nikolai Tsvetkov, a core owner of Uralsib financial group, X5 said

* President of Integrated Energy Systems Holding Mikhail Slobodin will replace Viktor Vekselberg, co-owner of Russian-British joint oil venture TNK-BP, as the TNK-BP gas business executive director, Vedomosti business daily said

* The international arbitration court in Stockholm may force Russia to pay compensation to foreign companies which suffered losses over the Yukos affair, a business daily said

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