Main news of August 24


* Libyan rebels offered amnesty, as well as a $1.5-million reward for anyone who captures or kills Muammar Gaddafi, the Transitional National Council head said, according to international media reports

* Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) will honor all business contracts signed with foreign companies during the reign of Muammar Gaddafi, the BBC reported citing the TNC’s London-based spokesperson

* President Dmitry Medvedev said Russia will recognize Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) as the North African state’s legitimate government if it brings the war-torn country together

* Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant, was identified as a Nazi by the Swedish Security Service in 1943 during WWII, Swedish television SVT reported, citing a book by of one of its journalists

* Nicaragua would consider giving asylum to embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi if he asks for it, an aide to the Central American country’s president said



* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il at a restricted garrison not far from Ulan-Ude, the capital of Buryatia.

* Russia may fail to fulfill its obligations in delivering crews to the International Space Station after Wednesday’s accident with Russia’s Progress M-12M space freighter, a source in Russia’s space industry said

* Russian investigators said they think they know who was behind the 2006 murder of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya

* The Russian Investigative Committee has extended its investigation into the controversial death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky to November 24, 2011, an official spokesman said



* North Korean leader Kim Jong-il agreed on a deal with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday for a gas export pipeline to South Korea and said his country would return to nuclear talks without precondition

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reached a “common approach” on Pyongyang’s Soviet-era debts, Russian delegation source said

 * Russia wants Ukraine to become a fully-fledged member of the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan, President Dmitry Medvedev said


* Inter Milan forward Samuel Eto’o signed a three-year contract with Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala for 20.5 million euros a season, the Russian football club announced on its official website


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