News in Brief

EU to Deploy on Time



TBILISI, Georgia -- European Union military observers will be deployed in Georgia by an Oct. 1 deadline despite Moscow's continued insistence that they will not be allowed into two breakaway regions occupied by Russian troops, the head of the EU mission pledged Monday.

Under a French-brokered cease-fire, Russia has 10 days to withdraw its forces from Georgian areas outside South Ossetia and Abkhazia once the EU observers are in place.

Hansjoerg Haber, who is heading the EU mission, promised that the 200 observers will be in place near the cities of Gori, Zugdidi and Poti by Oct. 1. (AP)




2 Policeman Wounded



TBILISI, Georgia -- Two Georgian policemen have been wounded by a landmine near the breakaway province of Abkhazia, Georgian authorities said.

The two officers were wounded Monday near the village of Kurcha in western Georgia's Zugdidi region, Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said. (AP)




Estonian Accused of Spying



TALLINN, Estonia -- The former head of security at the Estonian Defense Ministry has been arrested, suspected of spying, an official said Monday.

Gerrit Maesalu, a spokesman for prosecutor Lavly Lepp, said the Harju county court on Sunday issued a warrant to arrest Herman Simm, 61, on suspicion of treason. Maesalu said Simm is suspected of collecting classified information and forwarding it to a foreign country. Maesalu did not say which country that was, but Baltic news agency BNS quoted unidentified sources as saying it was Russia. Simm's wife, Heete Simm, also was arrested. (AP)




Uneasy Talks in Ukraine



KIEV -- Ukrainian lawmakers held more talks Monday aimed at replacing the current government, as a deadline loomed for early parliamentary elections.

Yushchenko's party said in a statement Monday that it is ready to revive the shattered coalition and invite a smaller party to join. (AP)




Vietnam to Waive Visas



HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam will allow Russians to enter the country for 15 days without a visa from early next year to meet rising demand among vacationers, the state-run Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Monday.

The decision will apply to all Russians regardless of the purpose of their visit from Jan. 1, the report said. Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem visited Moscow last week. (Reuters)