Main news of September 7


* A U.S. judge disagreed during a pre-trial hearing with prosecutors who insisted that alleged arms dealer Viktor Bout traded in weapons, saying that he only transported them

* A Cairo court ruled to summon top officials from the ruling military authorities to testify in the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, Arab media reported

* The gas agreements with Russia signed in 2009 saved Ukraine from a man-made disaster, said former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is currently on trial for damages to Ukraine’s interests allegedly caused by the deals

* Russia’s presidential envoy to Africa Mikhail Margelov said that toppled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was hiding somewhere in Libya

* At least 21 people died and 40 were injured by two bomb attacks in southwestern Pakistan

* At least 50 people have been killed after a powerful typhoon struck central and western Japan over the weekend, causing severe flooding and landslides


* At least 45 people died when a plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed during take-off near Yaroslavl, some 250 km from Moscow, emergencies officials said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with the Russian and French foreign and defense ministers


* Russian energy giant Gazprom plans to invest over three billion rubles ($101.32 million) in initial geological prospecting for oil and gas in Kyrgyzstan, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said

* Prime Minister Mykola Azarov called for Ukrainians to keep their doors and windows tightly closed and conserve gas when cooking because of Ukraine’s “enslaving” gas contract with Russia

* Candidates for a jury panel in the upcoming trial of suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout may have to answer as many as 112 questions posed by prosecution and defense

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