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Main news of June 17



* Russia has lifted its controversial ban on imports of Belarusian dairy products, and the first deliveries will cross the border on June 18, Moscow's chief sanitary official said

* China's President Hu Jintao met with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Tuesday to discuss bilateral economic contacts and energy cooperation

* The final seat in the town council of the small town of Cave Creek in Arizona was decided by drawing cards after both candidates garnered equal support, The Arizona Republic has reported

* An 18-month-old boy has been diagnosed with bird flu in Egypt, marking the country's 81st confirmed human avian influenza case, a spokesman for the country's health ministry said

* The presidential election campaign in Iran was "absolutely democratic," a Russian analyst who observed the disputed June 12 polls has said

* Russia and China are in favor of resuming the six-nation talks on the North Korean nuclear problem, and resolving the issue by diplomatic means, the countries' leaders said in a joint statement

* North Korea warned on Wednesday of an overwhelming military strike against the United States and its allies if they provoke the country

* NASA has delayed Wednesday's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station over a hydrogen leak similar to one that caused the original June 13 launch to be postponed

* Another body has been found in the Atlantic Ocean where an Air France plane went down on June 1, bringing the total to 50, the Brazilian Navy and Air Force said at a joint press conference

* Russia's military is planning to cut the number of troops deployed at military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the chief of the Russian General Staff said

* A waitress in China who fatally stabbed an official and injured another when they tried to rape her was allowed to walk free by a court on Wednesday, the China Daily said


* A Su-24 all-weather attack aircraft crashed on a runway on Wednesday in the Murmansk Region of north Russia, but both pilots ejected safely, a Russian Air Force spokesman said

* Three people have been rescued from the rubble of a building which collapsed in central Moscow on Wednesday and at least three others are still trapped, an emergencies official said

* Russia's Gazprom has demanded that Belarusian state company Beltransgaz pay off its $231 million debt for natural gas supplies by June 23, the Russian embassy in Minsk said

* Russia's president submitted on Wednesday a bill to simplify registration and other rules for non-profit organizations, the Kremlin said

* Four people could be trapped under the rubble of a building which collapsed in central Moscow on Wednesday, a spokesman for Moscow's emergency service said

* Russia has sent a formal extradition request to the U.K. for businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin, wanted in Russia on kidnapping and extortion charges, the top prosecutor's office said

* Two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Arctic, an Air Force spokesman said

* Moscow and Minsk have reached a compromise on Russian imports of Belarusian dairy products, Russia's agriculture minister said


* The president of the Russian republic of Chechnya has denied allegations that Terek Grozny's victory over Krilya Sovetov on Saturday was arranged in advance

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