Main news of June 29

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* Russia condemns the coup d'etat in Honduras and calls for the restoration of law and order in the country, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said

* The European Commission said Monday that progress has been made on the issue of giving Ukraine an international loan to pay Russia for natural gas

* The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday confirmed 70,893 officially registered A/H1N1 cases and 311 deaths in 116 countries and territories worldwide

* Honduran interim president Roberto Micheletti promised on Monday that presidential polls would go ahead as scheduled on November 29, a Venezuelan paper said

* A lawyer for Michael Jackson's personal doctor denied claims on Monday that the cardiologist had injected the pop legend with a powerful painkiller prior to his death

* Iranian authorities have begun a partial recount of the fiercely disputed June 12 presidential vote, national media said

* Scientific tests conducted on what are believed to be the remains of Apostle Paul "seem to confirm" that they belong to the saint, Pope Benedict XVI has said

RUSSIA

* With a looming July 1 deadline to shut their doors and take down all signs, many Moscow casinos have opted to close early rather than gamble on working right down to the wire

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told state-run banks on Monday to use new government funding to increase lending by at least 150 billion rubles ($4.8 billion) in July

* Russia's Air Force has resumed Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft flights after a 10-day suspension following two crashes in mid-June, a Defense Ministry official said

* Pilot error has been identified as the cause of a crash involving a Su-24 Fencer tactical bomber in mid-June, a flight service official said

* Large-scale military drills start on Monday in 10 southern subjects of the Russian Federation, a spokesman for the North Caucasus military district said

* A Russian-Argentine agreement scrapping bilateral visa requirements entered into force

SPORT

* World No. 1 Dinara Safina and fellow Russian Yelena Dementieva won on Monday to secure places in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, while two compatriots were knocked out

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