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Main news of June 20

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours.


* Russia and France believe it is too early to calm down over the positive tendencies in the world economy as a number of key problems that led to the global crisis have not been resolved

* A seven-year old girl miraculously survived an attack of a chapiteau circus leopard in Moscow Region's city of Klin



* Polish Acting president Bronislaw Komorowski leads in the early elections, MillwardBrown SMG/KRC institute said citing exit polls

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the forthcoming referendum on a new constitution in the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan will be important for stabilization of a situation in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry said

* Pope Benedict XVI has urged to cease violence and to restore peace and security in the ex-Soviet Central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan, Vatican radio said

* At least 27 people were killed and 52 injured in two suicide bombings in Iraqi capital of Baghdad, world media said

* At least three people, including two children, were killed and more than 20 wounded in two terrorist attacks carried out in a provincial capital in southern Afghanistan, local authorities said

* The Ukrainian government has allocated 12 million hryvnia ($1.5 million) to prevent an ecological disaster in the western Ivano-Frankovsk region, the UNIAN news agency reported

* Almost 30 million Colombian nationals are expected to cast their ballot in the presidential runoff , with former defense minister Juan Manuel Santos and ex-university rector Antanas Mockus facing each other in the poll

* An exiled Rwandan former military chief of staff was wounded in an attack in South Africa in what his wife said was a Rwanda-backed assassination attempt, a charge denied by Rwanda's authorities, the BBC reported

* Michael Jackson's memorial plaque will be unveiled at a West End theatre in London on June 24, on the eve of the first anniversary of the death of the world pop star, BBC said



* A Belarusian delegation is leaving for Moscow to discuss Gazprom's debt for gas transit to Europe via Belarus in a recent energy row between the two ex-Soviet republics, a representative of the Belarusian Energy Ministry said

* The failure by Belarus to pay for natural gas supplied by Russia may become a chronic problem, Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said

* Belarus will be unable to ensure full Russian natural gas transit to Europe, if Russia cuts gas supplies to the ex-Soviet republic by 85% over a debt row, a source in the Belarusian Energy Ministry said

* The number of investment deals signed at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg exceeds 50 and their total value will top 15 billion euros, presidential economic aide Arkady Dvorkovich said

* Ukraine expects to receive loans from the World Bank to cut its budget deficit and stabilize finances, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Tigipko told the BBC Ukrainian Service

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