Main news of January 9


* An Iranian court sentenced a former U.S. soldier, who also holds Iranian citizenship, to death for spying for the CIA

* A Polish military prosecutor shot himself shortly after a press conference on the April 2010 Smolensk air disaster, Polish Radio External Service said


* Two people were killed and up to 39 injured as a result of a gas explosion at an Italian restaurant in southwestern Moscow, city healthcare department chief Leonid Pechatnikov said

* Four soldiers and four militants have been killed in a shootout in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus republic of Chechnya


* Iran’s oil exports to South Korea rose 48 percent in November 2011, making the Islamic Republic the second largest crude supplier to the South Asian country, Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) said

* Kazakhstan’s gross domestic product increased 7.5 percent in 2011, Prime Minister Karim Masimov said

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