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04/22/2002

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Report: Russians Arming the IRA

The Federal Security Service has alerted British military intelligence that Russian army officers are selling arms to the Irish Republican Army, the British Sunday Telegraph reported.

Markets Closed Over Skinhead Jitters

Outdoor markets and kiosks run by ethnic minorities were closed and thousands of police ringed the Luzhniki stadium Sunday to thwart possible racially motivated violence.

Putin Seeks Strong Ties With NATO and China

As Russia boosts ties with NATO, it will also maintain close links to China in an effort to strengthen global stability, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

British Diplomat Dragged From Car, Beaten on Arbat

A British diplomat was dragged out of his car and beaten early Sunday morning on the Arbat by three men angered that he failed to give way to their silver Mercedes.

Expat Robbed of $220,000

A burglar broke into the apartment of a U.S. citizen and made off with a safe containing about $220,000 in cash, jewelry and antique coins.

News in Brief

Robbers Charged KIEV (Reuters) -- Three German bank robbers who seized hostages and blazed across eastern Europe in a 1,600-kilometer car chase were charged Friday with crimes that could land them in a Ukrainian jail for 15 years. Oleksander Skrypnyk, spokesman for Ukraine's SBU security service, said the robbers, whose brazen flight ensnarled police in three countries earlier this month, could also be extradited to Germany to face further charges. In Ukraine they face charges of hostage taking, smuggling, illegal border crossing and arms possession. Citizenship Bill MOSCOW (AP) -- The State Duma passed a bill on third reading Friday that would make it more difficult to acquire Russian citizenship. The Duma voted 252-152 with two abstentions to approve the government-proposed bill. It must also be passed by the Federation Council and signed by President Vladimir Putin to become law.

Part of Metro's Red Line to Close

The red metro line Sokolnicheskaya will be closed south of the Sportivnaya metro station for almost five weeks this summer as construction workers finish up 18 years of repairs on the Vorobyovy Gory metro station.

Urals College Wants Royal Name

A small-town college in the Urals is looking to rename itself in honor of Britain's late Queen Mother.

Bolton Flies In for More Arms Talks

U.S. Undersecretary of State John Bolton arrived in Moscow on Sunday to continue work preparing new arms control agreements expected to be ready for the U.S.-Russian summit next month.

Catholic Bishop Turned Back

Passport officers at Sheremetyevo Airport refused entry to a Roman Catholic bishop who was returning to his diocese, in effect revoking his right to live and work in Russia and escalating a conflict with the Vatican.

Special Subbotnik for a Smoother Ride

100 young volunteers from Moscow community groups, schools and technical colleges spent Saturday improving the city's streets and parks for use by the disabled.

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