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Main News of May 5

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* The arraignment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other people accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks in the United States got complicated when they appeared before a U.S. military court at Guantanamo to be charged on Saturday, the BBC reported

* Russia will keep backing the peaceful settlement plan in Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* The Human Rights and Democracy Report in 2011 is nonobjective and the serious democratic reforms successfully implemented in Russia were not considered, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s ombudsman for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, said

* At least three Russian tourists were missing and a total of 13 people dead after floods triggered by landslides swept the Rapti river in the popular Annapurna trekking region in the west of the Nepal


* Russia’s law enforcement agencies are searching for a group of suspected suicide bombers in the Moscow Region after finding out a car containing suspects in two bomb attacks on May 3 in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan was near Moscow on April 28

* The first elections of Russia's regional governors following the return to an electoral system will take place on October 14 in at least two regions, Central Election Commission Vladimir Churov said following an election commission representatives meeting

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has nominated the current president of Buryatia, Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn, for another term as head of the Siberian republic, the Kremlin press service reported

* The Moscow police have stepped up security across the city in preparation for the opposition March of Millions rally on May 6 and inauguration of President Vladimir Putin on May 7, as well as the May 9 Victory Day parade


* Russian-British joint oil venture TNK-BP has confirmed its intention to join state-controlled oil major Rosneft in developing hydrocarbon deposits in Russia’s Arctic, Rosneft head Eduard Khudainatov said

* Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement to provide after-sale services and repair of Russian helicopters in the Central Asian country

* Russian state-run oil major Rosneft signed a multibillion dollar joint venture deal with Norway's Statoil energy firm to jointly develop four offshore hydrocarbon deposits in Russia's Arctic and Far East, Rosneft said

* The Hokkaido Electric Power company has started work to shut down Japan's last nuclear reactor and leave the country nuclear-free, the generator said

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