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Main news of August 24
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours
Eto'o signs 60-mln euro contract with Anzhi, debut set for Aug. 27
Inter Milan forward Samuel Eto'o on Wednesday signed a three-year contract with Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala for 20.5 million euros a season, the Russian football club announced on its official website.
Lyon oust Rubin to qualify for Champions League
Lyon progressed to the group stage of the Champions League on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan gave them a 4-2 victory on aggregate.
Foreign reporters flee from 'hotel trap' in Tripoli - CNN
All foreign journalists have left a hotel in Tripoli after being trapped in the building for several days, CNN television reported on Wednesday.
Russia likely to suspend space deliveries over loss of Progress freighter
Russia may fail to fulfill its obligations in delivering crews to the International Space Station after Wednesday's accident with Russia's Progress M-12M space freighter, a source in Russia's space industry said.
Kim Jong-il's armored train returns to North Korea after Russia visit
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is returning to his homeland after talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and visiting the east Siberian republic of Buryatia, a government spokesman for the republic said on Wednesday.
Next test of Russia's Bulava missile set for Aug. 27 - source
A state commission has scheduled the next test launch of the Bulava ballistic missile for August 27, a source in the commission told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
Iran still hopes to receive S-300 air defense systems
Tehran is hoping that an international court will rule in favor of Iran over the legality of the supplies of Russian S-300 air defense systems under a 2007 contract, Iranian Ambassador to Russia Mahmoud-Reza Sajjadi said on Wednesday.
Libyan rebels offer $1.5 mln reward for Gaddafi, dead or alive
Libyan rebels on Wednesday offered amnesty, as well as a $1.3-million reward for anyone who captures or kills Muammar Gaddafi, the Transitional National Council head said, according to international media reports.
Debris from Russian space freighter falls in south Siberia
The wreckage of the Russian Progress M-12M space freighter which sent a breakdown report while separating from the carrier rocket on Wednesday, fell in South Siberia's Altai Republic, a source in the region's law enforcement structures said.
Russian space freighter fails to reach designated orbit
Russian space agency Roscosmos said the Progress M-12M space freighter failed to reach the designated orbit on Wednesday due to a rocket engine failure.
Problems reported during Russian space freighter separation
Problems were reported while the Progress M-12M space freighter separated from the Soyuz-U carrier rocket on Wednesday, a source in the Russian space industry said.
Putin urges modernization of Russian higher education
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday Russia should urgently modernize its higher education system so that it conforms to today's demands.
IKEA founder identified as Nazi by Swedish police during WWII
Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant, was identified as a Nazi by the Swedish Security Service in 1943 during WWII, Swedish television SVT reported, citing a book by of one of its journalists.
Foreign reporters trapped in Tripoli hotel - media
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi loyalists are keeping 35 foreign journalists inside a hotel in downtown Tripoli, Al Arabiya television said on Wednesday.
Tymoshenko supporters clash with police in Kiev
Clashes between supporters of Ukraine's jailed ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko and police erupted in Kiev on Wednesday.
Conflicting interests paralyze Russian diplomacy on Syria: analysts
As international pressure on President Bashar al-Assad of Syria grows, Russia has maintained a perplexing timidity towards developments. Moscow has steadfastly refused to stake out an unambiguous position on events in Syria, a diplomatic paralysis that may end up proving more costly to Moscow in the long run.
Russian, North Korean leaders agree on Soviet debt plan
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reached a "common approach" on Pyongyang's Soviet-era debts on Wednesday, a Russian delegation source said.
West fears Al-Qaeda could seize Gaddafi weapons - paper
The United States, France and Britain have asked Libya's neighbors to beef up security on their borders to prevent the possible smuggling out of weapons, Algerian paper al-Habar said.
Libyan rebels vow to honor Gaddafi-era contracts
Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) will honor all business contracts signed with foreign companies during the reign of Muammar Gaddafi, the BBC reported on Wednesday, citing the TNC's London-based spokesperson.
Obama Signs Ukraine Freedom Support Act: Psaki
Obama May Visit Cuba After Reestablishing Diplomatic Relations: White House
UK Stance on Hamas Unchanged Despite EU Court's Decision
European Commission Calls on EU Members to Investigate CIA Torture
Iraqi Forces Discover Toxic Chemicals in IS-Assailed Province:Sunni Militia
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Future Russian Attack Submarines to Keep Double-Hull Design
Putin Discusses Donbas Situation With Merkel, Hollande, Poroshenko: Kremlin
Obama Should Sign Russian Sanctions Bill, Arm Ukraine: US House Speaker
Russian Navy Refutes Reports on Mistral Security Intensity
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