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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Blair Visits Moscow


Britain’s Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived in Moscow late Monday for a brief meeting with President Vladimir Putin, their fifth this year, with arms control and Russia’s economy likely to dominate the talks.

Blair was due to hold formal talks with Putin and Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Tuesday morning.

Blair will spend less than 24 hours in Moscow, deemed too short for businessmen who had originally planned to hold talks on trade and economic cooperation with their Russian counterparts.

ISS Goes Manual


The international space station crew docked a cargo ship in a tricky manual maneuver Saturday, watching it approach through a window after a video image turned blurry, RTR reported.

The Progress cargo ship, carrying 2 1/2 tons of supplies, shook too much as it approached, so mission control told the crew to switch off the automatic docking system and guide it manually.

Mission control in Moscow, which had lost contact with the crew at the time of the docking, was unsure whether the defect was caused by solar glare or a problem with the camera.

Yury Gidzenko docked the cargo ship while Sergei Krikalyov looked through the window and guided him, a space official said.

Anti-Israel Protest


Moscow police detained 10 anti-Israeli protesters for staging an unauthorized rally in front of the Palestinian Embassy on Sunday, news reports said.

The demonstrators were later released but face a court hearing, Itar-Tass said. No violence was reported.

They were detained for interrupting a small, authorized rally by a pro-Israeli group, Itar-Tass cited police as saying. After the first group gathered in front of the embassy with banners saying "Hands Off Israel," the second group joined them without warning carrying anti-Israel posters, the report said.

Tanker Rescues Sailor


A sailor swept out to sea by gale-force Arctic winds was rescued Saturday after his small barge drifted for three weeks in moving pack ice, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Ivan Shur, 45, was left aboard a 25-meter barge without navigating equipment, buffeted by a vast icefield between the Chukotskoye and Bering seas, opposite Alaska.

The barge was discovered by a tanker on a regular run, a ministry spokeswoman said. Interfax reported the tanker was unable to approach the craft. Two crew members set out to retrieve Shur across planks spread over 200 meters of icefield.

News reports said the barge was snapped from its moorings while Shur’s captain was ashore buying supplies.

Russian Animator Dies


Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin, one of the best-known figures in animation, died Monday, NTV reported.

Kotyonochkin, the creator of the popular "Nu, Pogodi!" or "Just You Wait!" series, died at the age of 74. The NTV report did not specify the cause of death, but said Kotyonochkin had been ill for some time.

Kotyonochkin shot to the peak of popularity and acclaim after the first series of "Nu, Pogodi!" hit television screens in the early 1970s to give Russia its own version of Tom & Jerry.

The cartoon’s main animator, Arkady Khait, died of a heart attack in February.