Main News of November 13


* Eurozone finance ministers have delayed a decision on whether to release the latest 31.5-bln euro tranche of bailout funds to Greece despite the Greek government’s efforts to meet the demands of the international lenders

* Iraq denied that its decision to suspend a $4.2-billion arms deal with Russia had been taken after consultations with the United States

* The UN General Assembly has elected 18 states to fill in the seats on its 47-member Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that become vacant in 2013

* Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has confirmed that the Palestinian Authority will present its bid for non-member observer state at the United Nations on November 29, Al Arabiya reported

* The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GSC) has recognized the newly formed coalition of the Syrian opposition as the “legitimate representative” of the Syrian people and urged the international community to support this entity

* Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili guaranteed due process for the former top government officials who were detained recently, President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz said

* A Belarusian opposition figure, Andrei Gaidukov, has been detained on suspicion of high treason, the Belarusian Christian Democratic Party (BCDP) said


* Moscow and Washington should develop relations, but not again “reset” them, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said

* US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said


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