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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

No Clues in Kursk Log

MOSCOW (AP) -- A logbook found in the wreckage of the Kursk submarine gives no clues about what caused the explosion that sank the submarine, a spokesman for the navy's Northern Fleet, Igor Babenko, said Sunday.

He disputed media speculation that the logbook was key to the investigation. "This is simply impossible because the logbook contains information about the functioning of mechanisms and nothing more," he was quoted by Itar-Tass as saying.

Slovak President's Visit

MOSCOW (AP) -- Slovakian President Rudolf Schuster arrived in Moscow on Sunday on his first official visit to Russia to discuss the developing international situation with President Vladimir Putin.

Schuster was to meet with Putin in the Kremlin on Monday before Putin flies to the United States.

Sergei Prikhodko, the deputy presidential chief of staff, said they planned to discuss the new international situation following the Sept. 11 terror attacks and the beginning of the anti-terrorist campaign in Afghanistan, Interfax reported.

Russian Aid Arrives

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- A Russian plane loaded with humanitarian supplies for the relief effort in Afghanistan landed Friday in the southern Kyrgyz town of Osh.

The plane, organized by the Emergencies Ministry, carried five cars, spare tires and other automotive equipment to be used to support convoys of humanitarian assistance heading into Afghanistan. A second plane was expected to arrive later Friday.

Flower Girl Charged

RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- A 16-year-old-girl who struck Prince Charles in the face with a red carnation last week was formally charged Friday with endangering the life of a high official.

Conviction carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but that was unlikely to be imposed because of the girl's age and the fact that the heir to the British throne was uninjured.

"Since she's only 16, the court would likely give her probation if she is found guilty," police spokeswoman Kristina Apse said.

She declined to say how the incident had threatened the prince's life.

Helicopter Found

MOSCOW (AP) -- Emergency workers Sunday spotted the wreckage of a helicopter that was reported missing. It was feared that the eight passengers and three crew members aboard were dead.

The Mi-8 helicopter disappeared Friday on a flight from the town of Chulman to Itymdzha in the northern Siberian region of Sakha. The wreckage was spotted Sunday morning about halfway between the two towns, the Emergency Situations Ministry told Interfax.

Rebel Leader Killed

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia (AP) -- Russian troops claimed Friday to have gunned down a leader of a rebel gang in Chechnya. Ruslan Zakriyev was killed in a special operation in Urus-Martan, Itar-Tass reported, citing the pro-Moscow Chechen government. It did not give a date.