News in Brief

U.S. Cancels Nuclear Deal



WASHINGTON -- The United States has canceled a civilian nuclear cooperation deal with Russia.

The State Department announced Washington's pointed but mostly symbolic expression of displeasure with Moscow over its invasion of Georgia in a briefing with reporters on Monday.

The nuclear deal was unlikely to win approval in Congress this year anyway, but President George W. Bush decided to withdraw it to make a statement.

The deal for extensive and unprecedented cooperation between the two nations was sent to Congress for approval in May, capping two years of tough negotiations. (AP)




Tymoshenko Summoned



KIEV -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said she had been summoned by prosecutors to answer President Viktor Yushchenko's accusations of high treason amid a fierce political struggle.

Tymoshenko and Yushchenko are locked in a battle for power ahead of the 2010 presidential vote.

Yushchenko had accused Tymoshenko of inadequately condemning Russia's actions in Georgia and the presence of the Russian fleet in Ukraine, in exchange for the Kremlin's support in the presidential race. She denies that.

Tymoshenko says she received a subpoena to appear Thursday. Prosecutors declined to comment. (AP)




Sumo Wrestlers Expelled



TOKYO -- Two popular Russian sumo wrestlers were slapped with lifetime bans from Japan's ancient national sport for allegedly using marijuana, and the head of the Japan Sumo Association resigned Monday to take responsibility for the scandal, officials said.

The wrestlers, brothers Roho and Hakurozan, tested positive for the drug when the sport conducted its first drug tests following the arrest last month of another Russian wrestler, Wakanoho, for marijuana possession.

Roho, whose real name was listed by the association as Soslan Boradzov, is in sumo's top division, while Hakurozan -- who was listed as Batraz Baradzov -- is in the next-highest tier. (AP)




Belarus Waits to Recognize



MINSK -- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko stopped short of recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on Monday, leaving Nicaragua the only state to join Russia in recognizing them.

Belarus has been the only former Soviet country to openly support Russia's military intervention in Georgia last month but has yet to recognize the two pro-Russian breakaway republics as independent, despite Minsk's close ties to Moscow. (Reuters)