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Main news of September 24

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* A representative of the group of six nations negotiating with Iran on its controversial nuclear program may meet with an Iranian official in October, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko looks likely to seek a fourth term in office at elections late this year after registering his initiative group with the country's central elections committee on Friday

* A Polish court was wrong to release Chechen separatist leader Akhmed Zakayev instead of arresting him, Polish Prosecutor General Andrzej Seremet said on Polish radio

* U.S. delegation walked out of the UN General Assembly hall during a speech from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said the U.S. government was behind the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York


* The lower chamber of the Russian parliament, the State Duma, ratified on Friday two agreements on the Customs Union between Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus

* Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is leading a special operation against militants in the republic's remote mountainous districts, the North Caucasus republic said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged to improve social services for Russian pensioners

* Suspected Russian arms trader Viktor Bout, who is in Thai custody awaiting extradition to the United States, has made an appeal to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a Russian business daily said

* The top court in the city of Moscow has ruled that the city authorities acted illegally in refusing opposition activists the right to stage a protest in downtown Moscow, leading Russian business daily Vedomosti said


* The Russian government and Sakhalin-1 oil and gas deposit operator Exxon Neftegas are still at odds over this year's budget for the project, Deputy Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said

* Germany's leading gas buyer E.ON Ruhrgas is trying to formulate new pricing mechanisms with suppliers, but wants to maintain stable long-term relations with its partners, Reiner Hartmann, head of E.ON Ruhrgas Russia, said


* The departure of the Russian Soyuz TMA-18 spaceship from the International Space Station (ISS) was delayed for technical reasons and will be postponed until Saturday, Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) head Anatoly Perminov said

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