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U.S. Bombs Afghan Wedding, Kills 40

Afghanistan's new regime was looking for answers Tuesday to why U.S. planes bombed a central Afghan village, killing scores of people.

Solana Says EU Will Not Ditch Bosnia

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana accused the United States of taking hostage the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Bosnia but said he hoped a deal could be reached over the spat.

Don't Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

I have one thing to say to our Russian adventurists: Stick to working scams on your own street corner.

Budanov's Guilt Is Not The Issue

Colonel Yury Budanov is likely to be made an example of. But who is he to be an example for?

Court in the Crossfire

Since taking over the job of leading the peace process in Bosnia and Herzegovina a month ago, I've been struck by two things: How much has been achieved since the war and how much work remains. That work could soon become a lot more difficult.

Putin Pledges Not to Forget Farmers

President Vladimir Putin assured farmers Tuesday that the government was taking their interests to heart as it guns for WTO membership but ruled out the generous state subsidies of the Soviet era.

Budanov Verdict Postponed

A judge has postponed the verdict in the trial of Yury Budanov, saying the case must be further considered and that the suspect must undergo a third psychiatric evaluation.

Sutyagin Moved to Lefortovo Prison

Igor Sutyagin has been transferred from a Kaluga jail to the Lefortovo prison in Moscow, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

Ivanov, Lott Push Arms Treaty

Sergei Ivanov has urged visiting U.S. senators to swiftly ratify the new arms reduction deal with Russia.

Volga Forum Develops a Few Ideas

Delegates gathered in Perm this week for a two-day forum to discuss development strategies in the Volga Federal District.

Tu-154 Carrying Children Collides With 757

Forty-four children were among the 71 killed when a chartered Bashkirian Airlines Tu-154 jetliner and a Boeing 757 cargo plane collided over Germany just before midnight Monday.

Bashkir Kids Dreamed of a Vacation in Spain

The trip was supposed to be a dream vacation of 14 days of fun in the Spanish sun for more than 40 children from Bashkortostan.

5 Missed Flight Over Visa Hassle

Visas problems were all that stood between the air tragedy and the five people who failed to make the flight.

Rising Euro Raining on Ford's Parade

As Ford Motor Co. prepares to open its new $150 million St. Petersburg plant, a strong euro may make the cost of production far higher than originally expected.

Cuba Plan Cuts Into Oil Figures

Energy Ministry data showed that crude oil exports fell by 150,000 barrels per day month on month in June, but industry sources and traders said exports actually rose but the government was not counting secret oil-shipment schemes.

Gref: Duma to Focus on WTO Entrance in Fall

The State Duma must pass more than 20 bills in the next year to bring legislation in line with the WTO.

News in Brief

Editor Fired MOSCOW (MT) -- A week after a reporter from the Nenets autonomous district asked President Vladimir Putin at a Kremlin news conference why three regional prosecutors in a row had lost their jobs after they summoned Governor Vladimir Butov for questioning, the newspaper's editor was dismissed Tuesday. Yulia Cheburina, the editor of Naryana Vynder in the Nenets capital, Naryan Mar, was sacked following the paper's board meeting for ""numerous financial violations,"" Vitaly Smirnov, the deputy managing editor, said in a telephone interview from Naryan Mar. But the staff believes the decision was made to silence the newspaper, which is often critical of the regional administration. Alexei Vasilivetsky, the reporter who asked Putin about Butov, told TVS television that he believes the decision could be a reaction to his question to Putin. Butov, meanwhile, failed to show up at his office in Naryan Mar on Tuesday as promised, his staff said.

Business in Brief

Norilsk Modernization MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Norilsk Nickel plans to increase output from 2003 after modernizing its mines and smelters, a senior Norilsk official said Tuesday. When the work is finished in 2003, the metals giant will be ""in a position to begin growth of ore and metals again,"" said Leonid Rozhetskin, deputy chairman of Norilsk's management board. Rozhetskin declined to give output forecasts for 2003. He said Norilsk would keep 2002 output stable at last year's levels until the work is complete. $2Bln Refinery Plan MOSCOW (Prime-Tass) --Surgutneftegaz plans to spend $2 billion on the construction of a modern oil refinery in the town of Primorsk on the Gulf of Finland, Renaissance Capital said Tuesday in its daily report, quoting Surgutneftegaz officials. In late June, Surgutneftegaz, state oil and gas company Rosneft and the administration of the Leningrad region signed a protocol of intent envisaging the construction of the oil refinery in Primorsk.

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