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Main news of September 24

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A roundup of what happened in the past 24 hours


* Russia and the United States are discussing the possibility of slashing the number of nuclear weapon delivery vehicles by over 67%, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said

* At least 10 Afghan militants from two opposing rival groups died in a shootout that lasted several hours in the country's western province of Herat, a police spokesman said

* The de-facto Honduran government on Thursday suspended a curfew put in place after ousted President Manuel Zelaya returned to the country and took refuge in the Brazilian embassy

* The European Federation of Agricultural Workers' Unions (EFA) urged European milk producers on Thursday not to use dairy products as a means of political pressure

* Up to 20 workers died when a 100-meter high chimney, which was under construction, collapsed in central India, national media said

* Colombia has appealed to Thailand over its decision not to extradite alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the U.S., the Kommersant daily reported

* The six international powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program expect a "serious response" from Tehran during the October 1 meeting in Geneva, the group said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday called for faster progress in the search for a mutually acceptable solution to the reform of the UN Security Council

* Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday that dominance of several states in global affairs was "unacceptable," and called for the veto right of permanent members of the UN Security Council to be revoked

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told his U.S. counterpart on Thursday that Russia was ready to continue missile defense cooperation with the U.S. and Europe

* Russia is set to continue transparent and irreversible cuts in nuclear arms, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said


* Russia's president has arrived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for a summit of the Group of Twenty richest nations to move the focus onto trade and economic issues

* The World Health Organization has removed Russia from its list of countries with swine flu fatalities, saying that Russia was mistakenly included

* The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to pay 90,000 euros ($132,200) in compensation to the relatives of two people who disappeared in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya in 2002 and 2003

* Russian Air Force units will rehearse air strikes with the use of automated target acquisition, command and control systems, the Defense Ministry said

* Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the Russian government could offer tax concessions for new gas deposits in the country

* At least 50 were injured and one man was killed in Wednesday's deadly explosion at a fireworks warehouse in the southwest Russian city of Voronezh, the Russian Prosecutor General Office's investigation committee said

* Russia protested on Thursday a decision by the Polish parliament to condemn the Soviet "invasion" of Poland in 1939

* A Russian tanker has come under pirate attack in the Gulf of Aden, a Primorye Shipping Company spokesman said


* A U.S. Congressman has asked the National Basketball Association to look into a $200-million deal involving Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov buying a 80% stake in the New Jersey Nets, PolitickerNJ news website said

* Police in Moscow confiscated more than 200,000 counterfeit DVDs worth over 40 million rubles ($1.3 million) from markets in the Russian capital during a three-week operation, a police spokesman said


* Several hundred people gathered in the Korennaya (Root) Hermitage in the Kursk Region in central Russia as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church consecrated a church


* Russian chess legend Garry Kasparov has a 3-1 lead over his long-time rival Anatoly Karpov after the second day of a showdown in Valencia

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