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Main news of September 26

A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


*Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu called on Jewish settlers and political parties to restrain from acts of provocation amid the expiration of the moratorium on settlement construction in the West Bank

*PNA leader Mahmoud Abbas will decide the fate of the Arab-Israeli direct peace talks after consultations with the League of Arab States and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in case Israel resumes its settlement activities

*At least two people were killed and another 17 injured in an apparently domestic gas explosion in the Schaerbeek community in Brussels, local authorities said

*China may face difficulties in winter in meeting its requirements for natural gas, China's National Reform and Development Commission said in its report

*Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived to the city of Dalian, beginning his official visit to China


*Russia's second largest oil producer LUKoil may use an option to buy back 11.61% of its shares from U.S. major ConocoPhilips

*Moscow's Mayor Yury Luzhkov who has recently come under attack by Russia's state-run media, on Sunday returned from his Austrian vacation, the Ekho Moskvy radio station said

*Only the best candidates who have passed three-stage selection tests will become policemen, Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev told the Russian First TV channel

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