Main news of June 13


* The Belarusian authorities must explain to the public what steps they intend to take to combat the serious economic crisis facing the country, the head of the IMF mission in Belarus said.

* The Russian head of world chess went to Tripoli over the weekend with instructions to make it clear to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that the endgame is near, the Russian president’s special envoy to Africa said.

* Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich and U.S. Ambassador to Poland Lee Feinstein signed an agreement stipulating deployment of 20 U.S. servicemen for maintaining fighters at the U.S. air detachment in Poland, Polish TV said.

* Russia’s Mission Control adjusted the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by raising it 19.2 kilometers (11.9 miles) to 364.6 km (226.5 miles), a spokesman for the Mission Control said.


* Yury Budanov, the former Russian army colonel convicted of murdering a Chechen woman during the second war in Chechnya, was buried in a Moscow suburb four days after he was shot dead in the Russian capital.

* A second Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane arrived in Moscow from Yemen with another 27 Russian and CIS citizens on board, bringing the total number evacuated to 175.


* Gazprom and China National Petroleum Corporation will continue discussions on a major gas supply deal on Tuesday, the Russian energy giant said after a second straight day of talks in Moscow.


* Dutch football star Ruud Gullit faces the sack as coach of Terek Grozny if the Chechen club does not win its next match, against Amkar in Perm on Tuesday, the club said on its official website.

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