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Main news of August 31


* British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that the West should not be dependent on Russia for energy supplies in an article in the Observer newspaper

* The mayor of New Orleans ordered a mandatory evacuation of the entire city as Hurricane Gustav approached the U.S. Gulf Coast

* There is no disagreement within the Serbian government over the expediency of the ratification of an energy agreement with Russia, Serbia's PM said in an interview with the Politika newspaper

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that "right is on our side" in regard to the current crisis over Georgia

* Russia threatens no one, and was protecting the lives of its citizens during recent fighting with Georgia over South Ossetia, a Russian deputy PM said

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev outlined to Italy's PM Moscow's reasons behind its decision to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the Kremlin press service said

* Hundreds of thousands of people took part in anti-violence marches across Mexico to protest a growing number of drug-related killings and kidnappings in the Latin American state

* At least 180,000 homes were destroyed in an earthquake on August 30 in southwest China, the Xinhua news agency said


* Two traffic police officers were shot dead and another two injured by unidentified assailants in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

* Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin arrived in the country's Far East port of Vladivostok to hold a meeting on issues related to an APEC summit due to take place in the city in 2012

* Abkhazia plans to restore regular flights between its capital, Sukhumi, and Russia, the head of the Sukhumi airport told RIA Novosti

* The owner of a banned website in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia died of gunshot wounds sustained while riding in a police car

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev outlined on Sunday the five points upon which Moscow's future foreign policy will be based 


* Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev beat American John Ruiz in Berlin to reclaim the WBA title

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