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09/20/2013

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September Set to Be Moscow's Rainiest Since 1885

The Moscow Times
This month has seen more than twice the monthly average of rainfall in Moscow so far, and it is set to become one of the wettest Septembers in the 130 years since records have been kept, Interfax reported Thursday.

Putin Talks Syria, Gays and John McCain at Valdai

At the 10th-anniversary meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin lapped up praise for his recent New York Times op-ed on the Syria crisis and his "achievement" of averting a U.S. military strike.

State Banks Deny Aiding Assad's Regime

Three Russian state banks accused by U.S. senators of funding the Syrian regime denied the charges Thursday, saying the allegations were an attempt to derail peacemaking efforts.

UN Says Chemical Arms Report on Syria Attack 'Indisputable'

Reuters
The United Nations on Wednesday defended a report by UN chemical weapons experts that Russia has criticized as "one-sided," saying its conclusion that rockets loaded with sarin gas were used in an Aug. 21 attack should not be questioned.

Putin Says He May Seek 4th Term as President

RIA Novosti
In a playful exchange with France's former prime minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday it was possible he would seek a fourth presidential term.

Military Option on Syria Must Remain Open-NATO chief

Reuters
The option of carrying out a military strike or similar operation in Syria must be kept open as a way of dealing with the crisis, the secretary-general of the NATO military alliance said Thursday.

Bill Targeting Gay Parents Is 'Unenforceable,' Deputy Says

One of the main backers of an anti-gay law that has drawn harsh criticism from rights groups and Western governments poured cold water Thursday on a newly proposed bill targeting LGBT parents, saying it was unlikely to be passed and was "unenforceable."

Cargill Investing $200M

Reuters
Agribusiness Cargill said Thursdaythat it planned to open a $200 million sunflower oil crushing plant in southern Russia in time for the 2015 harvest.

Azerbaijan Snubs Russia with Gas Supplies to Europe

Reuters
Azerbaijan signed contracts Thursday to supply European buyers with gas, offering Europe an alternative supply source to Russia toward the end of the decade.

Investigators Launch 2 Criminal Cases Over Far East Floods

RIA Novosti
Two criminal cases have been opened over the alleged negligence of unidentified officials during the ongoing record floods in Russia's Far East, investigators said Thursday.

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