News in Brief

Ike Delays Space Shipment

The Russian and U.S. space agencies on Friday delayed a cargo shipment from docking at the international space station after Hurricane Ike forced the evacuation of the mission's control center in Texas.

The operation will proceed Wednesday. (Reuters)

Rice and Lavrov Speak

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, in a phone call with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, has urged Russia to comply with cease-fire agreements signed with Georgia, a U.S. State Department spokesman said Friday.

The call Thursday was their first since the middle of last month. (AP)

For the Record

United Russia will merge with the Agrarian Party under a deal signed Friday, Interfax reported. (MT)

A Black Sea Fleet vessel is restoring facilities at Syria's port of Tartus for use by the Russian military, Itar-Tass reported Friday. (AP)