Main news of August 9


* Riots in London have left 111 police officers and five service dogs injured, Scotland Yard said in a statement

* The U.S. Federal Reserve announced on Tuesday it would keep the federal funds rate unchanged at 0.0-0.25 percent for at least two more years

* A doctor from the German city of Heidelberg, who had been treating Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak, has received letters with murder threats if he continues to treat the ousted leader, Egypt’s Almasry Alyoum newspaper quoted Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid al-Deeb, as saying

* The British parliament will be recalled from summer recess on Thursday over riots that have spread across the country, Prime Minister David Cameron announced as the first fatality occurred in the disturbances

* Dozens of Syrian tanks and armored vehicles surrounded villages in the province of Idlib, near the border with Turkey, Arab media said, citing eyewitnesses and rights activists

* Syrian state media said soldiers have begun leaving the city of Hama, where scores of people are reported to have died during a clampdown on opposition protests

* Oil giant BP has filed a suit with a Stockholm tribunal against Renova, one of its partners in its TNK-BP Russian joint venture, over Renova’s unwillingness to allow it to team up with local giant Rosneft, Kommersant business daily said


* The Russian Foreign Ministry called on the European Union, NATO and the United Nations to prevent a possible attempt by Pristina to regain control over Serb-populated regions in Kosovo by force

* Russia’s dollar-denominated RTS stock exchange index dropped 2.87 percent compared to the previous close, while the country’s ruble-denominated MICEX index fell 0.13 percent at closing on Tuesday

* Russian financial authorities are ready to offer necessary liquidity to the wobbling markets, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

* Russia is developing two air defense systems as part of future multilayered aerospace defense network, Air Force Commander Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said

* The Russian Federal Air Transport Agency denied earlier reports that remains of a crashed An-12 aircraft in Russia’s Far East were discovered

* Russia’s Supreme Court upheld the 25-year sentence handed down in absentia to Foreign Intelligence Service colonel Alexander Poteyev, who had betrayed a U.S. spy ring in 2010.

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