Main News of December 15


* At least 20 children and six adults were shot dead Friday when a heavily-armed gunman clad in black opened fire inside an elementary school in a small town in Connecticut , officials said, in the second murderous shooting rampage in the United States this week

* The United Nations considers sending from 4,000 to 10,000 peacekeepers to Syria, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti on Friday


* A considerable crowd of opposition activists braved subzero temperatures and police cordons to attend a peaceful, unsanctioned rally in Moscow on Saturday, marking the first anniversary of mass protests in Russia


* Russia’s women won the European curling title Saturday after a 6-5 win over Scotland in a tense battle that went to an extra end

* Three goals by Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk helped Russia to a 6-0 demolition of the Czech Republic at their home Euro Hockey Tour stage Saturday


* A wayward Russian satellite reached its designated geostationary orbit on Saturday after its engine was switched on for the fourth time, the Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) company said

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