Main news of June 25


*Egyptian court extended for 15 days the custody of Ilan Grapel, a US-Israeli citizen suspected of espionage on behalf of Israel, Egyptian news agency MENA said on Saturday

*French authorities have prohibited the sale of three types of sprouts from the British seed supplier, Thompson and Morgan, reportedly infected with E. Coli, France’s secretary of state for consumer affairs, Frederic Lefebvre said in a statement

*Defense of Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko appealed to a Kiev Pechyorskiy court to combine two criminal cases launched against ex-premier

*At least 20 anti-government protesters were left dead in fighting in several Syrian cities on Friday, CNN said Saturday citing a Syrian activist group

*At least six people were killed, with another 18 injured in a terrorist attack in northern Afghanistan, local police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hussian said

*The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on Friday added lake districts in China and Kenya, a coastline in Australia, a fishing delta in Senegal and a string of Japanese islands to the World Heritage List, the UN reported on its website

*Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa will visit Russia on June 25-29 to discuss trade and economic cooperation, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported


*Fifty five people were injured when gas exploded in a cottage house during a wedding in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz on Saturday, North Ossetian deputy Health Minister, Taimuraz Revazov said

*Russian tourists were evacuated from the Tu-204 jet in the airport of Turkish resort city of Antalya because of the false activation of fire alarm system, a spokesman for Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia), Sergey Izvolsky said on Saturday

*Planes that do not meet the world’s aviation safety requirements will be banned from flights from 2012, the head of the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsia), Alexander Neradko said

*Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov and a new leader of the Right Cause party said Russian ex-tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev should not be in jail and deserve a parole

*Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will meet with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during the premier’s visit to Crimea, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said

*Activists of the youth arm of Russia’s ruling United Russia party, Molodaya Gvardia (Young Guard) organized a rally in front of a congress of Right Cause political party, which is taking part in Moscow’s World Trade Centre


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