Main News of August 5



* A Ukrainian court in Kiev sanctioned the arrest of the country’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko


* Libyan authorities dismissed reports that Muammar Gaddafi’s younger son Khamis was killed in a NATO airstrike


* A coalition of news organizations called on the United Nations on Friday to investigate reports that NATO and Israeli forces have targeted journalists in breach of international law


* The European parliament has expressed concern after Belarussian authorities arrested Ales Belyatsky, one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists, over alleged tax evasion.




* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he does not believe that the United States encouraged Georgia’s aggression against its breakaway republic of South Ossetia in 2008, but could have given President Mikheil Saakashvili “wrong ideas.”


* Russian markets ended trading only slightly below the previous day’s close as jitters caused by a slump in the West fizzled out


* The controversial Russian art collective Voina (War) said it would destroy state property worth three million rubles (over $100,000) to “fine” the government for putting one of the group’s leaders on an international wanted list

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