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Main news of June 12



 * Russian authorities said the derailment of a train in the country's Far East, which left dozens injured, is believed to have been caused by heat-induced buckling of the track

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that an important task facing Russia will be ensuring that the country's economic success produces higher living standards for the population 

* President Dmitry Medvedev conferred a Russian state award on former French president Jacques Chirac, and thanked him for his contribution to humanitarian work and to improving ties with Russia

* Two more cars were set alight overnight in Moscow in what police believe is part of a wave of arson attacks on vehicles parked outside apartments blocks


* Iran's Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling George W. Bush's comments that military action against Iran was still possible 'irresponsible'

* Luiz Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian coach whose Portugal side has made an impressive start to Euro-2008, is set to take over at Chelsea FC this summer, becoming the highest-paid manager in world football

* Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the country will seek the dismissal of the United Nations' chief representative in Kosovo over his plans to end the UN mission in the province

* Russia's leadership intends to increase its contribution to the development of the Ukrainian Black Sea port city of Sevastopol, the Russian Foreign Minister said


* TNK-BP's Russian shareholders announced the start of legal proceedings against the oil company's British co-owners, amid a series of disputes over management and strategy

* British oil major BP said that the Russian tycoons owning half of oil venture TNK-BP are attempting a corporate raid on the company, and that the Kremlin is failing to stop them

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