News in Brief

Tennis Star Robbed



Tennis star Anna Chakvetadze and her parents were tied up and robbed in a house outside Moscow early Tuesday, Interfax reported, citing the police.

Six armed and masked assailants broke into the house at around 4 a.m., tied up the three, and fled with valuables worth 5 million rubles ($200,000), the report said.

Chakvetadze, 20, is the world's No. 6 tennis player, according to the World Tennis Association. She has earned $1.5 million this year, Finans magazine reported. (MT)




2nd Suspect in Bus Bomb



A second Ingush suspect was detained Tuesday in the Dec. 9 bombing of a bus in the Stavropol region, RIA-Novosti reported.

The man, who was not identified, is suspected of handing the bomb to the first suspect and was detained in the region's town of Georgiyevsk, the report said, citing the local branch of the Federal Security Service.

The first suspect, an Ingush resident, was detained earlier on suspicion of planting the bomb -- hidden in a fruit juice carton -- on the commuter bus, and he led investigators to the second suspect, RIA-Novosti said. Two people died and 12 others were injured in the explosion. (MT)




SPS Votes to Keep Belykh



The Union of Right Forces has re-elected Nikita Belykh as its leader despite the party's poor showing in recent State Duma elections.

Belykh submitted his resignation at a party congress Monday, but delegates re-elected him to the post late that night.

The congress also elected party co-founder Boris Nemtsov as its presidential candidate for March's election. (MT)




Kyrgyz Vote Recount



BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan's Supreme Court on Tuesday revoked a regional vote count that would have blocked an opposition party from winning seats in the parliament.

The move came two days after parliamentary elections in which President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's party appeared to be on track to win all 90 seats in the legislature. The prospect of a one-party parliament raised concerns about new turmoil in country. (AP)