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News in Brief

Bomb Trial Opens

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow court opened a trial Friday against two men accused of involvement in a series of apartment house bombings in 1999.

Yusuf Krymshamkhalov and Adam Dekkushev are accused of accompanying shipments of the explosives used in Moscow and Volgodonsk, where 246 people were killed in three explosions. The two were deported from Georgia.

Publisher Killed

MOSCOW (MT) -- Lyudmila Pomazova, 50, the head of the Drofa St. Petersburg publishing house, was killed along with her husband Friday in what police said was a contract hit.

Pomazova was shot six times and her husband twice, outside the building where they lived at Vsevolozhsk, a town in the Leningrad region. Both died instantly, police said.

Rumsfeld Flag Flap

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romanian President Ion Iliescu, a staunch U.S. ally in Iraq, was treated to lunch at the Pentagon this week -- but the table was decorated with the Russian flag, his office and the U.S. Embassy said Friday.

The gaffe during Iliescu's lunch in Washington on Monday with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was widely reported Friday in Romanian newspapers, along with photographs of the luncheon that clearly showed a Russian flag draped on the table.

The flags don't resemble each other at all: Romania's has three vertical bands of blue, yellow and red, while Russia's has horizontal bands of white, blue and red.

For the Record

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon arrived Sunday in Moscow, ahead of a Monday summit with President Vladimir Putin on his concerns about Iran's nuclear program and a Russian-backed UN resolution on a Mideast peace plan. (AP)

Russian officials called off their search Friday in Novoshakhtinsk, in the Rostov region, for the last miner trapped in a deep shaft amid fears that unstable rock layers put the rescuers lives at risk. (AP)