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Morning re-cap of main news, June 29

* Following a meeting in Moscow, the Group of Eight foreign ministers said:

- They expected Tehran to respond to proposals on halting uranium enrichment at a meeting July 5 between the EU's foreign policy chief and Iran's top nuclear negotiator

- They urged North Korea to resume talks and to ensure that the Korean peninsula is a nuclear-free zone

- Palestinian and Israeli leaders should abstain from unilateral action that could cast doubt on the final status of Palestinian territories

- They condemned the murder of Russian diplomats in Iraq earlier in the month and call for the killers to be punished

- They welcomed the opening of direct negotiations between Serbia and its province of Kosovo

- They call on Armenia and Azerbaijan to outline principles for resolving the long-running Nagorny Karabakh territorial dispute this year

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said:

- Russia wanted to see the same rules for all participants in global energy markets

* Iran's foreign minister said Tehran would respond to international proposals on regulating the Iranian nuclear problem in August

* Alexei Ulyukayev, the first deputy chairman of Russia's Central Bank, said:

- The bank could sign an agreement with the Finance Ministry on administering money in the Stabilization Fund next week

- Inflation in Russia stood at 0.2% from June 1 to 19 and is expected to be 0.3% for the month

* The Cabinet's press service said Russia's government had approved legal amendments lifting currency restrictions and paving the way for a fully convertible ruble

* A district court in the Central Russian city of Volgograd temporarily suspended Yevgeny Ishchenko from his post as the city's mayor over charges with abuse of office

* The Prosecutor's Office said Russia's new Prosecutor General Yury Chaika had ordered that a new department tasked with fighting corruption in the country be set up

* Ukraine's main opposition Party of Regions said it had issued an ultimatum to the coalition majority

* Gazprombank, a subsidiary of Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, said its pre-tax profit had increased more than 200% year on year in the first five months of 2006, to 11.8 billion rubles (about $437 million)

* Gazprom said Turkmenistan had confirmed it would supply the Russian energy giant with natural gas at $65 per 1,000 cu m, and had offered extra supplies at $100

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