News in Brief

Market Bombers Convicted



Four people have been convicted in the bombing of Moscow's bustling Cherkizovsky market two years ago that killed 14 people.

A jury at the Moscow City Court deliberated for three days before finding the four guilty of murder and attempted murder Wednesday.

It was unclear when sentencing would take place. Prosecutors have said three of those charged were university students who reportedly were members of nationalist groups. (AP)




2 Georgians Killed in Iraq



TBILISI -- Two Georgian servicemen died Friday when a booby-trapped car exploded outside Baghdad.

Georgia has had 2,000 troops serving in the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq. Before the latest attack, one Georgian soldier had committed suicide and one had died in a car accident. (AP)




For the Record



About 25 rebels clashed with police in Chechnya on Friday, killing at least two law enforcement officers. (AP)

Kazakh Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin will arrive in Moscow on Monday to discuss President-elect Dmitry Medvedev's planned trip to the Central Asian country, his first foreign visit after he takes office. (Bloomberg)

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to discuss "bilateral cooperation and the state of affairs" in the Middle East, the Kremlin said, without elaborating. (Bloomberg)