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Main News of October 11

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

* Russia expressed a thinly veiled protest at the grounding by Turkish authorities of a Moscow-Damascus passenger jet over accusations it was carrying "illegal cargo"

* Chinese writer Mo Yan has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature, according to Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy in Stockholm Peter Englund

* A Canadian naval officer arrested on suspicion of espionage pleaded guilty to charges of selling classified information to the Russian military, Canada’s CBC television network reported

* The Ukrainan navy has restarted special training for dolphins and other animals for military duties including attacking enemy combat swimmers and detecting mines, a military source in the Ukrainian naval port of Sevastopol told RIA Novosti

* Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili has accepted the letter of resignation from the country’s government in the wake of the October 1 parliamentary election

RUSSIA

Russia expressed a thinly veiled protest at the grounding by Turkish authorities of a Moscow-Damascus passenger jet over accusations it was carrying "illegal cargo"

* An army conscript has been charged with causing this week's explosion at a military ammunition disposal site in Russia's Urals region, investigators said

* A St. Petersburg city court will hold a preliminary hearing into multi-million-dollar lawsuits against US pop diva Madonna and the organizers of her recent St. Petersburg concert over an alleged violation of the city's law against "gay propaganda"

* Construction companies involved in preparations for the APEC Summit 2012 have been fined about 14 million rubles (about $500,000) for illegally hiring foreign workers, the regional administration said

BUSINESS

* International ratings agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) has lowered Spain's long-term sovereign credit rating two levels, from BBB+ to BBB- and its short-term rating by one level, from A-3 to A-2, the agency said

SPORTS

* Swiss world No. 1 Roger Federer stuttered past his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka into the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters

* The Olympic villages being built for Sochi 2014 competitors will be the best-ever at a Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee's chief inspector said

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