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Main news of June 29

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


*Adoptions of Russian children by families in the United States will be carried out only by U.S.-based agencies that meet the Hague Adoption Convention's requirements, a Russian official said

*Minsk paid off its 600 million ruble ($21.16 million) debt to Russia's electricity export company Inter RAO and the company will resume electricity supplies to Belarus at midnight, a company spokesman said

*Greek lawmakers voted in favor of an austerity package as protests against the unpopular policy gain momentum in the country

*A Palestinian delegation will discuss inter-Palestinian reconciliation in Moscow ahead of a Middle East Quartet meeting, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said

*Hours of rioting outside Greece's parliament left 46 people injured on Tuesday, on the eve of a vote by lawmakers to adopt more painful austerity measures, a condition for bailout funds needed to prevent a potentially disastrous default

*Authorities in the Mexican state of Guerrero, known for its popular ocean resorts, will hire attractive, model-type young women to serve in local tourist police, the state's Public Security Minister Ramon Almonte Borja said

*NASA senior officials voted unanimously to set space shuttle Atlantis' launch date as July 8 after a day-long flight readiness review at the Kennedy space center in Florida on Tuesday


*Experts in Moscow have completed transcribing the communications between air traffic control and the Tu-134 plane that crashed in Russia's northwestern city of Petrozavodsk, crash investigators said

*Russia’s Federal Protection Service, the FSO put out a $25,000 tender to buy accessories for musical instruments

*Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged the rapid development of endowment funds for non-governmental and non-commercial organizations, the president's budget address said

*Russian President Dmitry Medvedev outlined 12 key points of Russia's three-year budget policy to raise the efficiency of state governance, modernize the economy and improve living standards in the country

*Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered proposals by December 1 on the possible decentralization of power between federal, regional and municipal governments

*A Russian man suspected to be behind the murder of U.S. journalist Paul Klebnikov has been released from prison after serving more than four years for fraud, his lawyer said

*The government needs to introduce limits on the use of oil and gas revenues and the budget deficit from 2015, the president's budget address said

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