News in Brief

Clinton Vows Cooperation



WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that she planned to work very closely with Russia and China on key economic, security and nonproliferation issues.

"The world is now in the crosscurrents of the most severe global economic contraction since the Great Depression. The history of that crisis teaches us the consequences of diplomatic failures and uncoordinated reactions," said Clinton at her confirmation hearing for the post of U.S. secretary of state. (Reuters)




South Ossetia Names Envoy



South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity on Tuesday named the breakaway Georgian republic's new ambassador to Russia, Interfax reported.

The new envoy, Dmitry Medoyev, will pass on his credentials to President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday, said Murat Dzhioyev, the rebel region's foreign minister.

Russia crushed Georgia in a short war in August following Georgia's attempt to retake South Ossetia. Moscow proceeded to recognize the region's sovereignty and that of another breakaway Georgian region, Abkhazia.

So far, only Nicaragua has joined Russia in formally recognizing the regions as independent states. (MT)




Armenian Killed in Moscow



An Armenian man was beaten to death in southeastern Moscow, Interfax reported Tuesday.

The body of the victim, 51, was discovered Monday afternoon at a construction site on Ulitsa Marshala Golovanova, near Marino metro station, the report said.

Authorities said the man's face was severely bruised.

At least three foreigners have been murdered in Moscow in the past five days, according to law enforcement authorities. (MT)




19 Rescued From Trawler



OSLO -- A Russian trawler was sinking in Arctic waters off far-northern Norway late Tuesday, and 19 crew members had been picked up by another Russian vessel, a Norwegian rescue official said.

The crew went to lifeboats before being rescued off the island of Bjoernoya in the Barents Sea, Geir Mortensen, spokesman for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Centers, said on Norwegian commercial television TV2 news.

Mortensen said two helicopters with medical personnel aboard were flying to the Russian vessel that picked up the men.

He said it was not clear what caused the shipwreck. "We got a report that it was listing and taking on water," he said. (Reuters)




Kyrgyz Restrict Religion



BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- Kyrgyzstan has adopted an amended law that will strengthen state control over religious groups, government media reported Tuesday.

The legislation will strongly curtail missionary activity in the mostly Muslim nation. It prohibits the dissemination of religious literature in public places and requires religious communities to register more than 200 adult members before they can operate legally.

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev signed the legislation Monday, state newspaper Slovo Kyrgyzstana reported, and it took effect immediately. (AP)