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Main news of February 8

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev told French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a telephone conversation that the international community's position on Syria should be objective and balanced, the Kremlin said

* The EU is increasingly distrustful of Ukraine over the prosecution of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski said

* Ukraine's Parliament, the Rada, voted down a draft bill that would have decriminalized article 365 of the Ukrainian legal code on exceeding authority, under which former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was convicted last October

* A Polish court ruled to extradite to Russia former Moscow region deputy prosecutor Alexander Ignatenko over his alleged involvement in a multi-million dollar gambling operation

RUSSIA

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to coordinate their efforts in search for a solution to the Syria crisis, the Kremlin press service said

* Russia condemns the ongoing violence in Syria but is against outside interference, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

* Russia's Supreme Court turned down an appeal by Yabloko party leader Grigory Yavlinsky against the Central Election Commission's refusal last month to register him as a candidate in the presidential election in March

BUSINESS

Substandard and uncertified models of arms and military equipment have been excluded from the 2012 state defense order, Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said

Russian gold and silver miner Polymetal has consolidated a 100 percent stake in Amikan, which controls the Veduga gold deposit in West Siberia, Polymetal said

SPORTS

* Russian duo Vera Zvonareva and Maria Kirilenko reached the quarterfinals of the $220,000 Pattaya Open in Thailand

 

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