Main News of June 8

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

RUSSIA

* Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a controversial new law that greatly increases the maximum fines for protest-related offenses

* The Russian Foreign Ministry called on Israel to abandon plans to build new apartments in the West Bank warning it would hurt the peace process in the Middle East

* The refitted aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, formerly the Admiral Gorshkov, has sailed out for a trial run which will involve Russian and Indian sailors. The latter will oversee the tests

* A gunman who was killed along with another six militants in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan early  was a long-sought after gang leader, the national anti-terrorist committee said

* Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Friday that court hearings should be broadcast live via the internet

* Magomed Cherkesov, the father of a North Caucasus native earlier convicted of killing Moscow football fan Yegor Sviridov, has been killed in Kabardino-Balkaria, a spokesman for the Investigation Committee said

* Two more members of the Kremlin's human rights council have quit their posts, following a resignation spree which saw the body stripped of nearly half of its members

WORLD

* U.S. State Department officials met with Russian Foreign Ministry diplomats in Moscow on Friday to try to hammer out a common position on the escalating crisis in Syria

* Azerbaijan’s Armed Forces are ready to clear Nagorno-Karabakh of its 'Armenian occupiers' anytime, Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister Ali Gasanov said

* A 26-year-old U.S. Army sergeant, Bowe Bergdahl, who is currently a prisoner of the Afghan Taliban, said in an e-mail sent to his parents shortly before his capture in 2009 that he was “disillusioned” by the U.S. war in Afghanistan and “ashamed to even be American,” Rolling Stone reported

* At least 16 people were killed and more than 20 were injured when a bomb targeting a bus with government employees went off on Friday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, DawnNews TV reported

SPORTS

*Portugal winger Cristiano Ronaldo conceded that "a draw would not be too bad" in his country's Euro 2012 opener against tournament favorites Germany

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