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Main news of June 8

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said that Russia would develop its own offensive nuclear force if NATO fails to come to agreement over the European defense shield

* NATO will continue its mission in Libya for as long as it takes, the alliance said after formally endorsing an extension of its campaign for a further three months from June 27

* Microsoft has denied rumors that the company was planning to hand over Skype encryption algorithms to Russia's Security Service (FSB), the head of Microsoft's PR department, Marina Levina, said

* Russian presidential envoy to Libya Mikhail Margelov said he was planning a trip to Tripoli and was ready to meet with Col. Muammar Gaddafi

* Abkhazia and South Ossetia reject the Georgia-sponsored draft UN resolution recognizing the rights of refugees from Georgia's breakaway regions to return to their homes, an Abkhazian presidential envoy said

* Abkhazia will go to the polls to elect a new president on August 26, following the death of President Sergei Bagapsh on May 29


* The head of the ruling United Russia party's election commission said it was likely that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin would head its list of candidates for parliamentary elections in December

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged businesses to allocate more money for environmental projects

* Russian athletes will now have to agree to give doping tests and abide by anti-doping rules when signing their work contracts, according to amendments approved by the Russian parliament's upper house


* European farmers, whose business was affected by the deadly E. coli outbreak that has killed 26 people, may receive up to 210 million euros in compensation (about $306 million), EU Farm Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said

* Russia and the European Union will be able to resolve all remaining issues concerning Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization at the forthcoming EU-Russia summit in Nizhny Novgorod later this week, EU President Jose Manuel Barroso said

* Ukraine is taking measures to diversify its energy supplies away from a dependence on Russia, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said

* Russia's Yo-Auto, a joint venture between truck maker Yarovit and Onexim investment group, owned by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, plans to initially produce cars with conventional gasoline-powered engines, Chief Executive Officer Andrei Biryukov said

* Russia's state-controlled power trader Inter RAO UES may stop electricity supplies to Belarus over $54 million worth of debt racked up by the country since March, Russian business daily Kommersant said

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