News in Brief

Bomb Killed Journalist



AMSTERDAM -- A Dutch government investigation has found that a Russian cluster bomb killed a television cameraman in Georgia in August.

Stan Storimans, 39, died during an attack on Gori, Georgia. The Netherlands Foreign Ministry said an investigative team sent shortly after the incident on Aug. 12 gathered forensic reports and eyewitness accounts and determined that the journalist was killed by munitions made and used only by Russia.

Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said in a statement Thursday that cluster bombs should not be used to target civilians, and that no troops were present in Gori.

He said the Netherlands plans to raise the matter with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (AP)




New Amur Governor



The Amur regional legislature has confirmed Oleg Kozhemyako as the new governor of the Far East region, Interfax reported Monday.

President Dmitry Medvedev last week dismissed the previous Amur governor, Nikolai Kolesov, and submitted Kozhemyako's candidacy to the regional legislature for approval. Kolesov had replaced Leonid Korotkov, who was accused of corruption. (MT)




NATO Touts Exercise



YEREVAN, Armenia -- A NATO general said Monday that a three-week training exercise involving hundreds of personnel from the alliance and several former Soviet bloc nations was a success.

The drill in Armenia focused on a hypothetical humanitarian crisis.

German Lieutenant General Roland Kather told a closing ceremony that the success of Cooperative Longbow/Lancer 2008 was because of painstaking advance preparations. (AP)




7 Banned for Doping



Two-time world 1,500-meter champion Tatyana Tomashova was one of seven Russian female athletes to receive a two-year doping ban on Monday for manipulating drug samples, the Russian Athletics Federation said.

Along with Tomashova, world indoor 1,500-meter champion Yelena Soboleva, distance runners Yulia Fomenko and Svetlana Cherkasova, European discus champion Darya Pishchalnikova, former hammer world-record holder Gulfia Khanafeyeva and former world 5,000-meter champion Olga Yegorova were banned. (Reuters)