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Fire at Pekin Restaurant



A fire broke out Monday at the Pekin restaurant in the recently renovated Pekin Hotel in central Moscow. No one was injured.

Dozens of firefighters were called to fight the blaze, which started at about 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of the four-story building on Bolshaya Sadovaya Ulitsa, emergency response officials said. The fire spread to the ceiling of the restaurant and damaged 10 square meters before being brought under control.

Fire crews managed to extinguish the fire in less than half an hour.

An investigation has been opened into the cause of the blaze. (MT)




Iran Denies Missile Report



TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran denied on Monday that it had bought Russia's advanced S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, after Israeli defense sources said it could take delivery of the weapons this year.

Asked whether Iran had bought Russian missiles, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said, "No such thing is correct." (Reuters)