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Main news of June 10



* Russia's Defense Ministry is planning to expand the presence of the Russian Navy in the world's oceans and extend the operational radius of submarines deployed with the Northern Fleet, a high-ranking military official said

* Two Russian Tu-95 Bear strategic bombers successfully completed a 20-hour patrol flight over the Arctic, a spokesman for Russia's Air Force said

* Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin proposed switching over to long-term contracts and establishing stable prices for the procurement of armaments for the country's military

* Police freed 49 migrant Uzbek workers held in captivity by Azerbaijani nationals in a village near Moscow, an organized crime department said in a press release

* The Russian government allocated $1 million for humanitarian aid to Somalia, the Foreign Ministry said

* Russia's Defense Ministry will keep its Vostok special battalion, allegedly involved in a recent shootout with Chechen presidential guards, in the Chechen Republic, a high-ranking military official said

* A total of 29 people on Russia's wanted list were extradited to Russia from abroad since the year start, the head of the country's Interpol Bureau said


* North Korea confirmed its commitment to fight terrorism in a bid to convince Washington to strike it off its blacklist of countries sponsoring terrorist groups and organizations

* Russia will resolve disputes over fishing rights near Norway's Spitsbergen islands in line with a treaty signed in 1920, the foreign minister said

* At least three Hamas fighters were killed in an Israeli missile strike on eastern Gaza, Hamas said

* Islamic Jihad militants fired three rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, and distributed leaflets in Gaza saying the movement has no plans to negotiate a ceasefire

* Rescue workers are continuing to search for 12 missing miners after rescuing 24 workers from a coal mine in eastern Ukraine, which was hit by an explosion Sunday, the local mine safety watchdog said

* The number of people injured during an earthquake in Greece, which killed two on Sunday, has risen to 257, local TV reported citing the country's Interior Ministry


* French carmaker Peugeot Citroen and Mitsubishi Motors, one of Japan's largest car producers, broke ground on a joint venture estimated at 470 million euros ($732 million), in Kaluga, a city southwest of Moscow

* Russian energy giant Gazprom said it had signed a deal with the government of Tajikistan on prospecting four oil and gas fields in the Central Asian country

* Gazprom's CEO Alexei Miller said:

- Gazprom's gas delivery prices for Europe reached $410 per 1,000 cubic meters

- Gazprom is set to become a key player on the French energy market and could buy major assets in France

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