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News in Brief

Bombing Sentences

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia (AP) -- Four men were convicted and sentenced to up to life in prison for a series of explosions in 1999 that killed dozens in Vladikavkaz before the invasion of nearby Chechnya that year.

Adam Tsurov, 23, was sentenced to life Monday for being the mastermind of a March 1999 bombing in Vladikavkaz's central market that killed 55 people and wounded 168, said Natella Piragova, spokeswoman for the Supreme Court in the region of North Ossetia.

Accomplices Makhmud Temirbiyev, 24, and Abdurahim Khutiyev, 25, were sentenced to 23 years, and Umar Khaniyev, 19, to 10 years on a range of charges including mass murder and terrorism, she said.

The men had pleaded innocent and are appealing to the Federal Supreme Court, Piragova said.

The group was also implicated in a May 1999 bombing at a military outpost that killed four and injured 17, a June 1999 blast in Vladikavkaz that injured 17 and the abduction of three Russian soldiers.

City Cold Kills 2

MOSCOW (MT) -- Two people died of hypothermia in Moscow over the previous 24 hours, Interfax reported the city's emergency medical services as saying Tuesday.

Another 12 people were hospitalized due to the cold weather over the same period.

A total of 127 people, mainly homeless people and those under the influence of alcohol, have died of the cold since the start of October, the agency reported.

Ukraine Mine Deaths

KIEV (AP) -- Two separate accidents in Ukrainian coal mines killed two miners and injured one other, officials said Tuesday.

One miner was killed and one injured when a rock layer fell on them as they worked 490 meters underground at the Nadezhda mine in western Ukraine's Lviv region Monday night, the Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

A similar accident killed a miner working in a ventilation shaft at the Kapitalna mine in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, it said.

Hanging Investigation

KIEV (Reuters) -- An Internet reporter and head of an independent journalists' union was found hanged from the handle of his refrigerator over the weekend, his employers said on Tuesday on their web site

They said Volodymyr Karachevtsev was found dead on Sunday at his home in southern Ukraine.

"He was found hanged on the handle of a fridge. Forensic experts found that death was caused by mechanical asphyxia caused by hanging," the web site said.

"We have a lot of questions. Firstly, the wife of the deceased said Volodymyr's death was not accidental. Secondly, it is not clear how an adult ... could be hanged on the handle of a fridge."

Local police were investigating the incident, they said.

177 Pardons

MOSCOW (MT) -- A total of 177 convicted prisoners have been pardoned over 2003, Robert Tsivilyev, the head of the pardons directorate, was quoted by Interfax as saying Monday on the sidelines of a conference on pardons in Nizhny Novgorod.

In 2002, 182 convicts were pardoned.