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Main News of May 23

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Main News of May 23 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Kyrgyzstan has signed an agreement with NATO to allow the transit of military cargo to and from Afghanistan, the Foreign Ministry in Bishkek announced

* Moscow expects Tehran to cooperate with the “Group of Six” global negotiators on the Iranian nuclear program and urges the U.S. White House against supporting new sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* More than 40 U.S. Catholic groups have filed lawsuits against the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama over its mandate that requires religious organizations to include the cost of birth control to their employees’ health insurance, The Chicago Tribune reported


*At least seven people were injured after a Russian military plane caught fire as it was landing at an airport east of Prague, an emergency official said

* Russia will become a full-fledged member of the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), a specialized agency within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), on January 1, 2013 following its formal accession to the agency

* The Kremlin human rights council plans to ask President Vladimir Putin to veto a controversial new law that could see fines for unsanctioned protests rise by as much as two hundred times, the advisory council said

* Russia's Strategic Missile Forces test-fired a new prototype ballistic missile from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk Region, Defense Ministry spokesman Vadim Koval said, but did not name the new weapon


* Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India signed a contract for gas supplies through the TAPI gas pipeline, a source in the Turkmen government said

* Russia should reduce its dependence on meat imports, saturate the domestic market with meat and secure a firm foothold on international markets, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said

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