Main News of January 23


* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to create a broad coalition government following a narrow victory for his bloc in an election that saw left and right take an almost equal number of seats

* Paris expressed concern over the murder charge brought against jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Philippe Lalliot said 

* Latvia may not preserve its independence if it follows EU directives, President Andris Berzins said


* Russia is ready to give Lebanon financial and humanitarian aid to help deal with the growing problem of Syrian refugees in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said 

* The Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, ratified an agreement with the Eurasian Group on Combating Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism (EAG) in the presence of the EAG Secretariat in Russia

* Russian children whose adoptions received court approval before January 1, 2013, must go to their adoptive parents in the United States even if the decisions formally take effect after that date, the Russian Supreme Court ruled this week, clarifying how to implement a ban on adoptions of Russian children by Americans

* Doctors in the Altai Territory in southern Siberia successfully separated two-month-old conjoined twins, the head of the hospital’s premature baby care unit said


* BP and the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan have joined forces to deliver gas from the Caspian field Shah Deniz to Europe, the ARA news agency reported

* The Russian Defense Ministry will not purchase any more Italian light multirole vehicles (LMV), Ground Forces commander Vladimir Chirkin said

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