Main news of September 1


* Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi has said he will carry on fighting, in an audio message aired on a loyalist TV channe

* Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has pardoned four people who took part in mass protests after last year’s disputed presidential election

* Russia has recognized the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) as the only legitimate power in the country, the Foreign Ministry sai


* Forty two people were hospitalized in and around the Urals city of Chelyabinsk following a bromine leak, the health ministry said

* The authorities are working on an array of incentives to lure back Russian scientists who have gone to work abroad, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said

* A Siberian city court handed a three-year suspended sentence to a lawmaker who shot at a group of schoolchildren who accidentally hit him with a snowball


* Gazprom lost or illegally spent 28 billion rubles (about $1 billion) in 2009, the Audit Chamber said following a check of the Russian gas giant

* Royal Dutch Shell will invest $800 million in geological exploration and production of shale gas in eastern Ukraine, Energy Minister Yury Boyko said

* Investigators continued searching BP’s Moscow office for a second consecutive day in response to a claim from TNK-BP’s minority shareholders that they suffered a $3 billion loss from the failed Rosneft-BP share swap deal, a Federal Bailiff Service spokesman


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