Topic: Top stories of the day
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
*Israel will stop its military operation in the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian group Hamas stops its attacks on Israeli targets, a spokesman for the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told RIA Novosti.
*The United Kingdom has recognized the National Coalition of Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, British Foreign Minister William Hague said in parliament.
*Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin warned on Tuesday of a new clean-out of corruption and crooked officials in the country's arms industry, following a series of high-profile scandals in the sector.
*Shares in Russia’s state-controlled telecoms giant Rostelecom plummeted more than 3.5 percent in Tuesday afternoon trade on news that the homes of Rostelecom’s head and a major minority shareholder were raided by police in a $250 million VTB Bank embezzlement case.
*The launch of the Apple iTunes online music store in Russia planned for October and rescheduled for mid-November has been delayed indefinitely, two sources familiar with Apple’s plans told RIA Novosti.
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The current contract portfolio of Russian arms exporters is worth about $46 billion. Annual exports total $15 billion, and this will ensure uninterrupted deliveries for the next three years, even in the worst-case scenario. The list of the main buyers of Russian weapons is unlikely to change drastically.