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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

U.S. Talks on Iraq



MOSCOW (AP) -- A top U.S. diplomat arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for talks on revamping United Nations sanctions against Iraq, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State John Wolf was scheduled to meet with Russian officials over the next two days to discuss a new list of goods that would need UN review before being shipped to Iraq.

The goal is to loosen restrictions on strictly civilian goods, to ease civilians' suffering, while securing controls on items that could help Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein build up his weapons arsenal.




Terrorism Conference



ST. PETERSBURG (AP) -- The world community must combine efforts to cut the flow of cash to terrorists, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov said ahead of an international conference on terrorism.

"If such a law is taken in all countries, it will become a real help" to governments across the globe, Mironov said.

The Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Combatting Terrorism opened Tuesday in St. Petersburg and brings together 602 representatives from 43 parliaments.

The two-day conference's goal is to amass political support for the fight against terrorism and to agree on conditions for carrying out the campaign.




Deputy Mayor Killed



MOSCOW (AP) -- The deputy mayor of Surgut, a major oil-producing city in western Siberia, was shot and killed while leaving a grocery store in Moscow in what police said Tuesday was an apparent contract killing.

Sergei Ivanov, deputy mayor of Surgut, was shot late Monday night as he was leaving a Perekrestok grocery store on Ulitsa Generala Kuznetsova, Interfax reported.

Ivanov died waiting for an ambulance to arrive, NTV television reported.




No Iran-Palestinian Tie



UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia's UN envoy said Monday he has seen no evidence that Iran has formed a new alliance with the Palestinians against Israel, involving shipments of arms and money to Palestinian groups.

Sergei Lavrov was asked to comment on a news report that top aides to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Iranian government officials set up the deal in May in Moscow.

"I haven't seen any evidence to support those allegations," Lavrov said.




Berlusconi to Visit



MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin scheduled a series of meetings with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who will visit Russia from April 2-4, the Kremlin said in a statement Tuesday.

Putin is scheduled to hold his first meeting with Berlusconi at the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday and continue talks with him in Moscow on Wednesday, the presidential press service said in a statement.

Berlusconi will be accompanied by several members of his Cabinet.




Fighter Jet Crashes



MOSCOW (AP) -- An Su-27 fighter jet crashed in the Far East on Tuesday and the military found the pilot who ejected before the plane went down and survived, said Colonel Alexander Dobryshevsky, press spokesman for the air force.

Dobryshevsky said the plane crashed about 40 kilometers north of the Pacific port Vladivostok.

The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.