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Main news of February 13



* The presidents of Russia and Turkey adopted a joint declaration following talks in Moscow to promote ties and enhance bilateral friendship

* The Russian Orthodox Church will work to remove "obstacles" to a meeting between its new leader and the Pope, a senior Russian church official said

* The remnants of the U.S. and Russian satellites that collided on Tuesday poses a serious threat to other satellites on the same orbit, a Russian Mission Control official said

* Ecologists have expressed fears that remnants of the U.S. and Russian satellites that collided on Tuesday could pollute a large portion of Russia, a federal environmental official said  

* A Russian cargo spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) 

* B-samples of three Russian biathletes tested positive for doping, Russia's Sport TV channel reported on its website  


* The UN Security Council passed a resolution to extend by another four months a mandate for its observer mission in Georgia and Abkhazia 

* The United States will transit a consignment of non-military supplies to Afghanistan via Russian territory in the next few days, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* A passenger train went off the tracks in eastern India, killing at least 10 people and injuring around 100 others, the Times of India said

* Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic has become the first UN Hague tribunal war crimes suspect to be allowed to give an interview to the media, Serbia's B92 radio reported

* Russia's Pyotr Veliky missile cruiser has detained three pirate vessels off the coast of Somalia, a Russian Navy spokesman said 

* Hamas has accepted a new truce agreement with Israel in return for the lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza, the Hamas deputy leader said 

* The damage from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi is estimated to be $8.5 million, Indonesian media reported


* Gazprom Neft cut oil export by 2.4% year-on-year to 14.25 million metric tons in 2008, the oil arm of Russian energy giant Gazprom said in a financial report 

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