Main news of January 21

© RIA NovostiMain news of January 21
Main news of January 21 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* The United States warned on Saturday it may soon close its embassy in Syria over the worsening security situation there

* Over 3,000 Libyans in Benghazi rallied on Saturday to demand that Sharia law be the main source of the country’s legislation

At least seven people have been killed as four coordinated attacks rocked Nigeria’s northern city of Kano

* Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis has called on citizens to oppose making Russian a second state language in the forthcoming referendum in February

* Ossetia opposition leader Alla Dzhioyeva said she would not participate in the “illegitimate” presidential polls on March 25

* United States expect the European Union to take steps to pressure Iran back into negotiations on its controversial nuclear activity


* Russian billionaire presidential candidate Mikhail Prokhorov promised on Saturday to sell his business if he wins March elections

* Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All-Russia will discuss the problems of Christians in the Middle East with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting in Moscow

* Kiev and Moscow are not discussing the sale of Ukrainian state assets to Russia as part of a future gas deal, Ukrainian Energy Minister Yury Boyko said

* Moscow authorities dismissed on Friday a plan, proposed by critics of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, to hold a 50,000-strong march on February 4

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