News in Brief

New British Ambassador

Britain's next ambassador to Russia will take her post next month, a British Embassy spokeswoman said Monday.

Ann Pringle will officially take over in early October for outgoing British Ambassador Anthony Brenton, who will leave his post in two weeks.

Pringle was named in March as Brenton's successor. She will be Britain's first female ambassador to Russia. Her career has included two stints in Eastern Europe. She worked at the British Embassy in Moscow in the early 1980s and served as ambassador to the Czech Republic from 2001 to 2004.

Brenton told journalists in St. Petersburg on Monday that Pringle was "a strong woman, a Scot." (MT)

OSCE Must Heed S. Ossetia

Russia wants representatives of South Ossetia included in all relevant decisions by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that concern it, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

"We guarantee that not one question concerning South Ossetia will be discussed in the OSCE in the absence of representatives from Tskhinvali," Lavrov said in Tskhinvali. (Reuters)

Ukrainian Call for Unity

KIEV -- Ukraine's parliamentary speaker urged political parties Monday to set aside differences and piece together a viable governing coalition.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk said he had little choice but to declare the coalition dissolved when the chamber resumes its sessions on Tuesday. (Reuters)