Main news of October 20



*Libyans celebrated the death of Muammar Gaddafi with peals of gunfire on Thursday as news broke of the dictator’s death during an attack on his hometown of Sirte

*The eastern part of the Thai capital and neighboring province Nonthaburi in the west were completely flooded in the early hours of October 20, rising floodwaters are moving toward the center of Bangkok. The largest seasonal floods to be seen over the past 50 years have created a critical situation in central and eastern areas of Thailand.

*The Turkish army has launched a major operation in northern Iraq in response to attacks by Kurdish rebels, the Turkish armed forces said

*At least 200 anarchists attacked police with stones and Molotov cocktails in central Athens but failed to disrupt peaceful protests against austerity measures, police said on Thursday

*The European Union has invited Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to visit Brussels in the middle of November, Ukrainian-based Zerkalo Nedeli said, quoting EU sources.



* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has decided to expand his interaction with internet users by posting regular comments on Facebook

* Russia’s troubled Bank of Moscow saw its first half 2011 net profit plunge 94 percent year-on-year to 350 million rubles ($11.3 million) to IFRS, the bank said in a statement

*European Union’s internal directives should not impede Russian-European energy cooperation, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday after talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Moscow

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