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Main news of January 20

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A roundup of what happened in the past 24 hours.


* South Korea has accepted the North's proposal to hold high-level military talks, Yonhap news agency said

* Poland has imposed an entry ban on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and several state officials following a post-election crackdown on the opposition in Minsk

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered the government to respond to the European Parliament's sanctions against him and scores of other officials

* Technical experts should meet in Vienna to discuss nuclear fuel supplies to Iran, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* A municipal administration building in an eastern Ukrainian town was evacuated following threats of an explosion


* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev instructed the national Public Chamber to make sure the incomes of state officials match their income declarations

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed to develop a set of measures to combat corruption in the country's courts

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed to assist in organizing a joint festival of Russian and North American indigenous peoples

* One of Russia's leading publishing houses, Eksmo, released a book of jailed former oil oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky's thoughts, comprising articles and interviews from his seven years of imprisonment

* A UN investigation into the death in prison of corporate lawyer Sergei Magnitsky is impossible under Russian law, the Foreign Ministry said


* Belarus will get $4.124 billion in subsidies as Russia supplies Minsk with duty-free oil, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

* Russia will supply Belarus with gas at current contract prices, but is ready to consider offering subsidies if necessary, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said following talks with his Belarusian counterpart Mikhail Myasnikovich

* Fugitive Russian businessmen Yevgeny Chichvarkin, the ex-CEO of cell phone retailer Euroset, said he would return to Russia from self-imposed exile in Britain if Moscow cancels its extradition request


* Russian tennis stars Nadia Petrova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Vera Zvonareva are through to the third round of the Australian Open in Melbourne

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