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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

First 3 Drownings

MOSCOW (MT) -- Moscow authorities have registered the first three drowning deaths of the year, Interfax reported Monday.

The body of a 23-year-old man was pulled out of Shabayevsky Pond in eastern Moscow and the body of a 25-year-old man was retrieved from Dzhangarsky Pond in the northeast of the city Saturday, Interfax said, citing emergency officials. Another man, aged 60, was found in the Moscow River near Krymsky Bridge on Sunday.

Interfax said 10 people were rescued from drowning during Victory Day festivities Friday.

Readmission Pact

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AFP) -- Lithuania and Russia on Monday signed an agreement on readmission, under which nationals of either of the countries who illegally enter the other will be returned home, the Lithuanian Foreign Ministry said.

"Lithuania is the first and only state to have an agreement on readmission with Russia," the ministry said in a statement. It said the agreement will also apply to citizens from third countries.

Such a treaty was a condition of the agreement between Russia and the European Union on access through Lithuania to Russia's Kaliningrad exclave after EU enlargement.

Georgians to Iraq

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- Georgia will send 120 to 150 peacekeepers to Iraq, President Eduard Shevardnadze said Monday. The troops will include special forces, medics and sappers, according to Defense Minister David Tevzadze. Parliament has to formally approve the decision but no problems are anticipated in getting its acceptance.

Aliyev Back Home

BAKU, Azerbaijan (Reuters) -- Azeri President Haidar Aliyev, rushed to Turkey last week for medical treatment, returned home Monday and is feeling better, a spokesman said.

Aliyev, who turned 80 on Saturday, collapsed during a public speech last month. Presidential spokesman Navruz Mamedov told ANS television that Aliyev planned to maintain a normal work schedule now he had returned.