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Main news of August 8



* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said that his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy played a "big role in solving the Georgian-South Ossetian crisis," the Kremlin press service said in a statement

President Dmitry Medvedev said that Russia would not revise its decision to recognize the former Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states

* Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez instructed his ambassador to Colombia to return to Bogota amid signs that the diplomatic spat between the two countries is thawing, Telesur TV said

* Moldova's four main opposition parties announced that they have formed a coalition under the slogan For European Integration, coalition leaders said

* On the anniversary of the start of the Russia-Georgia war President Dmitry Medvedev said that Moscow would continue to provide South Ossetia with social and economic aid, as well as military assistance

* Former world No. one Maria Sharapova beat eighth-seed Urszula Radwanska 6:4, 7:5 in the quarterfinals of the Los Angeles Championships to secure a place in the last four


* A memorial service is to be held in the Moscow Christ the Savior Cathedral to mark the anniversary of the conflict in South Ossetia, a press spokesperson for the Moscow patriarch said

* One person was killed and another 10 injured in a road traffic accident involving a bus and truck in Russia's Irkutsk Region, a police spokesman said

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