Main News of February 12


* The international community lined up to condemn North Korea after Pyongyang confirmed it had conducted a third nuclear test, in defiance of UN resolutions and appeals from its neighbors

* Iran intends to develop space cooperation with Russia, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said

* Tehran expects to start work on a second power unit at the Bushehr nuclear power plant together with Russia, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said

* A Kyrgyzstan military court sentenced ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in absentia to 24 years in a high-security prison for abuse of office while he was in power


* Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved a bill banning smoking in public places in its third and final reading

* Moscow believes that unilateral sanctions against Iran will only make the resolution of the country’s nuclear issue more difficult, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

* Special volunteer patrols will be created in Moscow to assist the Federal Migration Service (FMS) with enforcing immigration rules, Alexei Mayorov, the head of the Moscow city government regional security department,said


* President Vladimir Putin has submitted a bill to the State Duma prohibiting Russian officials from holding bank accounts abroad or owning foreign-issued shares and bonds, according to information posted on the Duma’s website

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