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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Arms to Baltics

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON ? Russia is moving tactical nuclear weapons into one of its military bases in the Baltics for the first time since the end of the Cold War, The Washington Times reported Wednesday.

The newspaper said the transfer of battlefield nuclear weapons to the base in Kaliningrad followed threats several years ago to position such weapons outside of Russia's main territory in response to expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Russian Defense Ministry denied the report, Interfax reported.

Kaliningrad, located between Poland and Lithuania, is the headquarters of the Russian Baltic Fleet.

The Times said Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon declined to comment on intelligence reports of the weapons movement but said: "If the Russians have placed tactical nuclear weapons in Kaliningrad, it would violate their pledge that they were removing nuclear weapons from the Baltics, and that the Baltics should be nuclear-free."




Mir Out of Touch

The Associated Press

Radio contact was lost for 20 hours with the 14-year-old Mir last week after a sudden and still unexplained power loss aboard the space station.

Russian Aviation and Space Agency chief Yury Koptev said the loss of contact was a final warning that time was up for the station.

Communists are rallying to keep the station in orbit even though the government has said it will scrap the outpost in February.

"The latest events have shown where frivolous and emotional approaches can lead us," Koptev said. "We must control events, not sit and pray for good luck."




RTR Crew Attacked

The Moscow Times

A camera crew with the "Vesti" program on RTR television was attacked near Sheremetyevo Airport after filming a report about passengers stuck at the airport, Interfax reported.

An RTR minibus was forced off the road by a BMW about three kilometers from the airport Sunday, Interfax said. Assailants forced their way into the minibus and seized the crew's camera and videocassettes.

Investigators believe the attack was connected to material that RTR filmed at the airport. "Vesti" had filmed scores of angry passengers whose plans to spend the New Year in Thailand and Bali were up in the air after a number of flights to Asia were delayed.

Interior Minister Vladimir Rushailo is personally heading an investigation into the attack, which left some of the RTR crew with bruises, Itar-Tass reported.




Salo in Chocolate

The Associated Press

KIEV ? A Ukrainian candy company has begun marketing what may be the stickiest, richest and most fattening holiday treat on the market: pure pork fat covered in chocolate.

Cracking open a finger-sized stick of the dark chocolate candy bar reveals a vein of white fat where most candies conceal butterscotch or caramel. The candies are called Fat in Chocolate.

The product pokes fun at the traditional Ukrainian snack of salo, or salted pork fat, usually consumed with vodka and pickles. A spokesman for candy company Odessa said the Fat in Chocolate bars were made as a lighthearted and self-deprecating joke for Ukrainians. While edible, they are not really meant to be eaten, the official said.

The bar is very sweet, while the fat filling retains some of its salty nature. The fat had the gooey texture of well-cooked pasta.