Main News of April 12

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A roundup of what has happened in the past 24 hours

WORLD

*  The United States released the names of 18 Russians to be slapped with visa and financial sanctions under the controversial Magnitsky Act, which punishes individuals Washington deems complicit in human rights abuses

* US Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea that any test of a mid-range missile would further isolate it from the international community

* Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states said they intend to form a mechanism for mediation of talks between South and North Koreas

* Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said he would not be cooperating with an investigation into actions of the Georgian authorities during a brief war with Russia over its breakaway republic of South Ossetia in 2008

* Syrian warplanes delivered airstrike on the Lebanese border region of al-Ajram near the town of Arsal wounding six people, Lebanon’s The Daily Star reported

RUSSIA

* Russia must catch up with other space powers in deep space exploration and higher priority should be given to applied projects in space research, Russian President Vladimir Putin said

* Russia will develop new technology including huge new rockets for manned flights to the Moon and Mars by 2030, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said

* Russian investigators have accused the vice president and head of security of the Russian subsidiary of a foreign bank with fraud, the Interior Ministry said

* Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matvienko lashed out at European politicians at an international conference in St. Petersburg, claiming Russophobia in the Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (PACE) was obstructing Russian-European cooperation and suggesting the EU’s stance on visa requirements and human rights was hypocritica

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