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Main News of September 9

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum will list trade liberalization, food security and innovative growth among its priorities following the group's summit in Vladivostok, the bloc's leaders said in a declaration

* A court in Iraq has sentenced former Sunni vice president Tariq al-Hashemi to death in absentia, Al-Jazeera reported

* A wave of deadly attacks and bombings claimed the lives of at least 44 people and left nearly 240 people injured in at least 11 cities across Iraq, al-Jazeera reported



* Russian President Vladimir Putin said:

- Russia wants to become a new global transit route connecting Europe and the countries of the Far East

- The 2012 APEC summit in Vladivostok has achieved all the goals set for it and the business community has received the necessary signal

- The European Union is trying to shift some of the financial burden of subsidizing the Eastern European countries to Gazprom by cracking down on the gas company

- The Russian political opposition were omega animals, but they are still “part of our species”

* Thousands of people gathered at downtown Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral where Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill presided at a service commemorating the 200th anniversary of Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s invading army in 1812

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