News in Brief

U.S. Diplomat Visits



Recent Russian naval visits to Cuba and Venezuela may be linked to August's Georgia war, said a U.S. diplomat though he said Washington was watching for the next Kremlin moves before taking a firm view.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon, on a first visit to Moscow that he linked to Russia's growing interest in South and Central America, also said Russia may be considering a security presence there and warned of a regional arms race. (Reuters)




For the Record



An investigation has found that 162 civilians died during the August war with Georgia, not 2,100 as previously announced, Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastyrkin said Tuesday. He said the actions of the Georgian military still amounted to genocide. (MT)

A sauna in the Nord entertainment complex in Yakhroma, 46 kilometers north of Moscow, caught fire around 3 a.m. Tuesday, killing six people. (MT)