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Main news of August 30

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours.


*Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will visit Kiev on September 14-15 to discuss possible gas supplies from Kazakhstan to Ukraine with his counterpart Viktor Yanukovych, the Kazakh ambassador to Ukraine said

*India has finalized the list of payloads for its Chandrayaan-2 Lunar Mission, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said

*Iran will build its first indigenous nuclear fusion research reactor by 2020, a top researcher said

*North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has expressed hope for an early resumption of the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear program during talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao in China, Xinhua said

*The issue of possible NATO membership for Ukraine is not currently on the agenda, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said

*The Thai defense counsel for Russian businessman Viktor Bout, awaiting extradition to the United States on charges of selling weapons to terrorists, petitioned Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to stop Bout's extradition

*French pilot Matthieu de Quillacq, who set off for a transatlantic trip in his lightweight helicopter in mid-July but made an emergency landing in the Russian Far East on August 3, has flown to Moscow on a passenger aircraft

*More than 20,000 people living near Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra have been evacuated after the volcano erupted on Sunday for the first time in 400 years, local media said

*A French helicopter pilot who made an emergency landing in the Far Eastern Chukotka Peninsula in early August was fined $300 for violating the Russian border


*Russian environmentalists sent a letter to President Dmitry Medvedev urging an independent assessment of the controversial construction of a highway through Khimki forest

*Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has dismissed rumors about him still running Russia as "a complete nonsense" and said he was fed up with foreign policy affairs

*The Russian government will step in to the shareholder conflict at the country' top nickel producer, Norilsk Nickel, if the existing shareholders fail to resolve the company's management dispute, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

*Russian Helicopters company will supply four Kamov Ka-32 helicopters to Azerbaijan in the near future, the Azerbaijani APA news agency said

*Retailers caught selling alcohol to minors should face criminal prosecution, Moscow's Deputy Head of Consumer Market and Services said

*The Moscow city authorities will reward the capital's best street cleaners with tourist trips to the Canary Islands, a source in the city's administration said

*The organizers of a rock festival in Russia's Urals that was attacked by skinheads on Sunday say there were enough security and police but they were unprepared for such an attack

*Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said the 2012 Russian presidential elections are of greater concern to him than to anybody else, in an interview with Kommersant newspaper

*Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused western countries of using unfair political methods including deceit and breaking promises to obstruct the process of "resetting" relations between Russia and the West

*Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he was unaware of new charges brought against former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky and did not back the businessman into a corner, Russian daily Kommersant said

*Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has attacked opposition rallies as a "provocation" against the government, in an interview with Kommersant newspaper




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