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Main News of November 20

© RIA NovostiMain News of November 20
Main News of November 20 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


*Israel will stop its military operation in the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian group Hamas stops its attacks on Israeli targets, a spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told RIA Novosti.

*The United Kingdom has recognized the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, British Foreign Minister William Hague said in parliament.



*A controversial new law obliging Russian non-governmental organizations (NGOs) financed from abroad and involved in political activity to register as “foreign agents” comes into force.

*Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin warned on Tuesday of a new clean-out of corruption and crooked officials in the country's arms industry, following a series of high-profile scandals in the sector.



*Russia’s capital outflow may reach $70 billion in 2012, more than the previous forecast of $60-65 billion, Deputy Economic Development Minister Andrei Klepach said.

*Shares in Russia’s state-controlled telecoms giant Rostelecom plummeted more than 3.5 percent in Tuesday afternoon trade on news that the homes of Rostelecom’s head and a major minority shareholder were raided by police in a $250 million VTB Bank embezzlement case.

*The launch of the Apple iTunes online music store in Russia planned for October and rescheduled for mid-November has been delayed indefinitely, two sources familiar with Apple’s plans told RIA Novosti.

*Russia’s natural gas exports are expected to fall 4-5 percent in 2012 as the lingering eurozone debt crisis weakens demand for Russian commodities exports, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.


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