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Main news of August 12

© RIA NovostiMain news of August 12
Main news of August 12 - Sputnik International
A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours


* Polish police confirmed the death of one person and 56 have been hospitalized after a train derailed in central Poland

* An official account belonging to Ukrainian former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko appeared on Facebook, however the page will be managed by her press service as the politician is in a pretrial detention center

* The European Union will extend sanctions against Syria, spokesman for EU Michael Mann said

* At least 24 people have been killed in clashes with government forces in Syria as the nationwide 5-month-old riot heated up ahead of the upcoming traditional Friday prayers, Arab media reported

* Russian President Dmitry Medvedev gave his backing to a UN Security Council resolution which authorized international military action in Libya

* The United States has imposed additional economic sanctions against Belarus, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told a daily press briefing

* There can be no military solution to the Libyan crisis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement circulated by his press service


* The Russian Health Ministry is promoting a harsh anti-tobacco draft, stipulating a ban on smoking in public transportation, cafes and night clubs, the organization's press service said

* Russia's ruling party United Russia and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's public organization People's Front have proposed extending the legal drinking and smoking age to 21, spokesman Timur Prokopenko said

* The Russian Investigation Committee charged two doctors over lawyer Sergei Magnitsky's death in a pre-trial detention center, committee spokesman Sergei Markin said



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