News in Brief

Litvinenkos Return Home

LONDON -- Relatives of former security services officer Alexander Litvinenko have been allowed to return to their decontaminated London home two years after Litvinenko's death from radiation poisoning.

Litvinenko contaminated the house after drinking tea laced with the radioactive isotope polonium-210.

British authorities have accused former security services officer Andrei Lugovoi of killing Litvinenko in November 2006, but Russian authorities have refused to extradite him. (AP)

Aliyev Backs Ankara's Plan

ANKARA, Turkey -- Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said Wednesday that he backed a Turkish initiative to establish a regional cooperation group to stabilize the Caucasus.

Aliyev said after meeting President Abdullah Gul that he applauds Turkey's efforts in the region.

Turkey proposed setting up a Caucasian Cooperation and Stability Platform after a brief war broke out in August between Russia and Georgia. (AP)