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Main News of September 4

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to approve authorization of military force against Syria

* US President Barack Obama said he would continue trying to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin to back Washington’s push for military intervention in Syria despite the “wall” between them on that issue at present

* Chinese President Xi Jingping and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguli Berdymukhammedov opened a giant natural gas field in Turkmenistan that will vastly increase the ex-Soviet nation’s energy supplies to Beijing, Turkmenistan media reported

RUSSIA

* Russia does not rule out agreeing to a military operation in Syria, provided Damascus' responsibility for using chemical weapons is proven - but only with United Nations approval, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview

* The Russian Foreign Ministry urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to analyze risks of a potential US military operation in Syria, saying such a strike would threaten nuclear security throughout the Middle East

* The United States “is possibly right” to seek the extradition of whistleblower Edward Snowden from Russia, but Moscow will not hand him over, Russian President Vladimir Putin said

* Russia’s federal government will provide 12 billion rubles ($360 million) in aid to parts of the Far East that have been devastated by flash floods, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev said

* Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin confirmed plans to consolidate Russia’s space industry under a single state-controlled corporation within a year

* The Russian Defense Ministry has announced a tender for the delivery of a fuel tanker with a maximum contract price of 3.08 billion rubles ($90 million)

* A Kazakhstan national accused of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted his guilt ahead of his upcoming trial in Moscow, a court spokesperson said

* Russian President Vladimir Putin said that building the sports facilities for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, plus the hosting expenses, will cost around $6.4 billion, but he declined to give a figure for the vast spending on infrastructure

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