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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Diamonds Seized

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian authorities confiscated nearly $4 million worth of diamonds from a Ukrainian citizen who was trying to smuggle them abroad, a security service official said Friday.

Seven kilograms of diamonds were seized from the Ukrainian during a customs inspection in the city of Bryansk, not far from the Ukrainian border, a duty officer with the Federal Security Service, or FSB, in Bryansk said.

The Ukrainian was traveling from Moscow to the Black Sea port of Odessa, Ukraine, the duty officer said. He said experts had estimated the worth of the diamonds at $3.8 million.

Interfax reported that the diamonds had been destined for Israel, citing unnamed sources in the FSB. The FSB officer in Bryansk could not confirm the report.

New Siberia Quake

MOSCOW (AP) -- The latest in a series of earthquakes hit a southern Siberian region on Friday. No damage or casualties were immediately reported.

The quake, which had an estimated magnitude of 5, struck at 9:30 a.m. Moscow time. Its epicenter was about 20 kilometers south of Aktash in the Altai republic, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Sex Trade Arrests

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Police have arrested 10 people suspected of illegally smuggling women into Greece from Russia and forcing them into the sex trade, it was announced Friday.

Authorities also detained 20 Russian women who were brought into Greece and allegedly forced to work in sex clubs, police said.

The arrests Thursday were part of a wider crackdown against human trafficking and the illegal sex trade ahead of the August 2004 Olympics.

It was the second such network to be broken up in less than one week.

The names of the suspects -- two Greeks, seven ethnic Greek Russian citizens and one Russian -- were not released. They face numerous charges, including human trafficking, pandering and money laundering.