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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

U.S. Accused

MOSCOW (Reuters) -- The Foreign Ministry has accused the United States of impeding progress on disarmament, telling Washington not to confine its international diplomatic efforts to combating terrorism.

A Foreign Ministry statement released late Monday, on the eve of U.S. President George W. Bush's State of the Union address, also said Washington was failing to proceed quickly with arms pacts.

The ministry acknowledged U.S. concerns on terrorism and the transfer of nuclear technology, but said stability also required "upholding and strengthening existing pacts and agreements in arms control and proliferation."

Russian 'Terrorism'

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said an international definition of terrorism should be reached that includes state acts by Israel and Russia.

"At the moment the definition tends to be confined only to Islamic nations and Muslims at large, whereas Israel and the Jews are also [a] terrorist state or people," the national news agency, Bernama, quoted Mahathir as telling a conference in Kuala Lumpur.

"Even Russia, for that matter, is a terrorist state as it has killed thousands of Chechens," he was quoted as saying.

For the Record

TV6 has filed a lawsuit against the decision that led to the suspension of its broadcasting license, the station said Tuesday. The station is still waiting for a court date to be set in the case that it filed Friday. (AP)

Julia Tymoshenko, a Ukrainian opposition leader, suffered head and chest injuries Tuesday in a car crash in Kiev, her office said. Police said a preliminary investigation showed that Tymoshenko's driver was at fault. (AP)

The United States and Russia will hold talks next week on United Nations sanctions against Iraq aimed at speeding its access to food and medicines while keeping an arms embargo, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Geneva said Tuesday. (Reuters)

The general director of the Metropol hotel was detained Tuesday by Sheremetyevo Airport security officials for failing to declare $10,000 in cash, Interfax reported. The hotel executive, whose name was not given, was searched and found to be carrying $13,300, the bulk of which had not been declared, the report said. (MT)

Seven prison officials in the Ulyanovsk region have been fired in connection with a mass jailbreak from the Novoulyanovsk high-security prison Jan. 17, the head of the federal penal system, Vladimir Yalunin, told Interfax on Tuesday. (MT)

Former Sakha President Mikhail Nikolayev has been appointed to represent his republic in the Federation Council, news agencies reported Tuesday. The Kommersant daily, citing an unnamed source in the Kremlin, said Nikolayev would be chosen as deputy speaker at the council's session Wednesday as compensation for bowing out of Sakha's presidential race last month. (MT)