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News in Brief

May Bomb Detention

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia (AP) -- Police detained a man accused of involvement in an explosion in May that ripped through a military parade in Dagestan, killing 43 people, a spokesman said Monday.

Murat Abdurazakov was detained Sunday, said Abdul Musayev, the spokesman for the Dagestan branch of the Interior Ministry. He was detained along with another man, Suleiman Tsimpayev, who is not a suspect in the bombing. Police are searching for accomplices, Musayev said.

Pankisi Operation

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze said Monday the operation to rid the Pankisi Gorge of rebels and criminals would be completed within two to three weeks.

"What needed to be done there has basically been done. Just a little bit remains," Shevardnadze said. "I think that in two to three weeks we will be able to announce officially that no criminals or fighters are in Pankisi."

Lukashenko to Prague?

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) -- Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko appears to be causing diplomatic embarrassment by planning to attend the NATO summit in Prague this month, officials indicated Monday.

Belarus opposes NATO's planned eastward expansion but is a member of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council -- a limited partnership with the Atlantic alliance. The council is meeting Nov. 22 as part of summit proceedings

"Mr. Lukashenko and his delegation have put in requests for visas to come to Prague during the summit," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Karel Boruvka. He said it was highly unlikely that organizers could prevent Lukashenko from coming.

U.S. Act 'Pedantic'

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Foreign Ministry on Monday assailed what it called the "pedantic" tone of the United States' newly enacted Russian Democracy Act of 2002 and said its passage suggested that some U.S. lawmakers were not aware of changes taking place.

The act authorizes more than $50 million for democracy-building programs.

"In itself, the concern about mutual humanitarian cooperation would be welcome were it not for the pedantic tone, bordering on interference in our internal affairs," the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry complained that U.S. lawmakers had not noticed the two nations' presidents had signed bilateral agreements that declared the countries, "two absolutely equal, great democratic states," to be strategic partners.

For the Record

Police at Domodedovo Airport detained a 26-year-old man arriving on a flight from Dushanbe carrying a kilogram of heroin in his stomach, Yury Sokol, a spokesman for the airport police, said Monday. (AP)

Ingush President Murat Zyazikov has indefinitely postponed the burial of British freelance journalist Roddy Scott, who was killed while covering the Chechen war, a local official said Monday. (AP)

State Duma Deputy Vladimir Gusenkov has died aged 57 after a long illness, the Fatherland-All Russia party said Monday. He was elected from Murmansk and served as deputy chairman of the agrarian affairs committee (AP)