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Morning re-cap of main news, August 12

* The UN resolution calling for a ceasefire in Lebanon offers an opportunity for a political settlement of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict, Russian President Putin said

* The Ukrainian parliament will adopt a law establishing the jurisdiction of local governments, Ukraine's new prime minister said

* Russia will start making payments to clear its debt to the Paris Club of creditor nations next week, Russia's finance minister said

* President Putin has dismissed Deputy Justice Minister Vladimir Yalunin, the Kremlin press service said

* Russia expects all parties concerned to observe a UN Security Council resolution calling for a ceasefire in Lebanon, the Foreign Ministry said

* Russia has decided to endorse the UN Security Council resolution on Lebanon since it includes Moscow's key demand for an immediate ceasefire, Russia's ambassador to the UN said

* The Interior Ministry and the Federal Security Service Directorate for the southern republic of Kabardino-Balkaria have foiled a major terrorist attack, the ministry said

* A man claiming to be an accomplice to Chechen militants has surrendered to law enforcement agencies in southern Russia, a regional police official said

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