Main News of June 24




* The House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress voted down on Friday a resolution giving President Barack Obama the authority to order military action in Libya


* At least seven people are reported to have died across Syria during protests against President Bashar al-Assad


* A Kiev court rejected an appeal from the country’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko for the replacement of the judge hearing a criminal case against the Ukrainian ex-premier


* Armenia and Azerbaijan were unable to come to an agreement on the path to peace in Nagorny Karabakh after a meeting in Russia’s Kazan, but said some progress had been made.




* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has sent a draft law to the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, lowering the percentage of the vote required for parties to hold seats in parliament from seven percent to five percent.


* The lawyers of Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s business partner Platon Lebedev submitted a parole request with a court in the Arkhangelsk Region


* Unilateral U.S. sanctions against a major Iranian port operator and the country’s national airline raise serious questions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said


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