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Main news of September 14

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* The Israeli and Palestinian delegations have started a "serious" discussion on all key settlement issues, but it is too early to speak about progress, the Egyptian foreign minister said

* No one can damage Belarusian-Russian ties, President Alexander Lukashenko said

* The murder of Ukrainian investigative journalist Georgiy Gongadze was ordered by a former interior minister, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office said

* The Belarusian parliament has set presidential elections for December 19

* The Kyrgyz authorities are initiating a court case against ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who took refuge in Belarus after he was overthrown in May, a Kyrgyz deputy prime minister said

* Kyrgyzstan has proposed Russia to pay in kind with arms for a new military base intended to unite all Russian military facilities in the Central Asian state, Russian business daily Kommersant said


* Moscow's Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said he had remained in control of the situation in the capital as it was shrouded in toxic smog this August, despite being on vacation

* Russia's opposition parties and movements are establishing a coalition for the 2011 parliamentary elections and want to nominate a single candidate for the 2012 presidential elections, a source in the coalition said

* An acclaimed Russian pianist/conductor facing child sex abuse charges in Thailand returned to the Southeast Asian state to have his bail extended

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has introduced to the Duma a draft amendment allowing the release of terminally ill suspects from pre-trial detention centers, following a series of highly-publicized pre-trial prison


* Gazprombank, one of Russia's five largest banks, has attracted a $900 million three-year syndicated loan at LIBOR +2.50%, the Gazprom-controlled bank reported

* Russia’s leading air carrier, Aeroflot, has recovered $52 million embezzled by the fugitive tycoon Boris Berezovsky, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said on its website

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