Main news of October 12


* U.S. federal prosecutors in New York have charged two Iranians with plotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S.

* Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has begun talks on formation of a new government, a presidential spokesman said

* A Ukrainian opposition party, the Front of Changes, has launched a long-term campaign called Ukraine without Yanukovych, party leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk said

* Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who has vowed to challenge incumbent President Mikheil Saakashvili’s party in next year’s parliamentary elections, declared his political leanings

* Enhanced powers for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) will be approved later this month despite Slovakia’s rejection of the bill, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said


* Illegal labor migration is spurring the spread of HIV and tuberculosis in Russia, the head of consumer safety watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, Gennady Onishchenko, said

* The Lithuanian authorities continue to connive with neo-Nazis, ignoring lessons of history, the Russian Foreign Ministry said

* An investigation into the death of an inmate in a Moscow pretrial detention center has been launched, the Russian Investigative Committee said


* Moscow and Beijing are discussing increased deliveries of oil to feed the Tianjin refinery, a joint project between Russia’s Rosneft oil company and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin said 

* Ukraine may use the $189.5 million compensation which former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was ordered by a court to pay to national energy company Naftogaz, to pay for purchases of Russian gas, Ukraine’s Energy Minister Yuriy Boyko


* Russia now has its ticket to the UEFA Euro-2012 games. A mere draw would have sufficed, as last Friday’s crucial 1-0 win in Slovakia gave the Russian team a two-point cushion at the top of the group


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