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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Iraq Vote This Week?



MOSCOW (AP) -- The UN Security Council could vote this week on a resolution whose main goal would be to establish a UN mission in Iraq, Deputy Foreign Minister Yury Fedotov said Tuesday.

He said Russia intends to work "constructively" on plans for a new Security Council resolution and that consultations on the issue are being held at the United Nations, Interfax reported.

He said the main aim of the resolution would be to set up a UN mission in Iraq, a goal that UN Secretary General Kofi Annan urged Security Council members to work on last week.

Russia has circulated a draft of a resolution that would establish a UN mission, but council diplomats said last week that the United States is not convinced there is a need for one yet because Iraq already has the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority and the Governing Council.




It Was Self-Defense



KIEV (AP) -- The United States has informed Ukraine that an investigation found that U.S. forces acted in self-defense when they fired on a Baghdad hotel, killing a Ukrainian journalist in April, an official said Tuesday.

Taras Protsyuk, a 35-year-old television cameraman for Reuters, was killed with a Spanish cameraman in April when a U.S. tank fired on the Baghdad hotel in which they were working.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Markian Lubkivskyi said Tuesday that U.S. officials had informed Ukraine that their investigation concluded that the tank crew fired in self-defense upon a gunman reportedly coordinating Iraqi fire from the hotel. Lubkivskyi said the shot was fired "in full compliance with the rules of combat," citing the U.S. message.




Spill in Bering Sea



MOSCOW (AP) -- Tons of chemicals used for the production of plastics have leaked off the coast of a Russian island in the Bering Sea, local media reported Tuesday.

A 20-metric-ton container of chemicals owned by Dupont washed up on Bering Island in late July. The container was one of three such containers that Dupont lost at sea in March, Interfax reported.

In recent days the container of tetraethylene glycol has begun to leak. Interfax said the container was cracked when a powerful storm hurled it onto some rocks.

However, Itar-Tass quoted marine inspection spokesman Sergei Donigevich as saying the crack could have been caused by local residents who attempted to move it.

Dupont has agreed to remove the container by helicopter before Sunday, Interfax said.




Bush Writes Aliyev



BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- U.S. President George W. Bush has sent a letter congratulating Azeri President Heidar Alieyv's son on his appointment to the country's second-highest post, the state news agency said Tuesday.

"On behalf of the United States, I congratulate you on your assuming the duties of prime minister of Azerbaijan," Bush wrote in the letter to Ilham Aliyev, Azertaj reported.

"We look forward to working with you, your government, and the parliament of Azerbaijan to strengthen your country's democratic institutions as you prepare for upcoming elections."

Last week's appointment of Ilham Aliyev has been strongly criticized by the opposition, which accuses Heidar Aliyev, 80, of trying to create a neomonarchy by passing power to his son. As prime minister, Ilham Aliyev would become president should his father die.




2 New Russian Caps



MOSCOW (Reuters) -- Russia coach Valery Gazzayev announced two newcomers in his 22-man squad on Monday for next week's friendly international with Israel.

Gazzayev called up Shinnik Yaroslavl defender Dmitry Vasilyev and Spartak Moscow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, the Russian Premier League's co-leader in goals scored with eight, for the match on Aug. 20.

Gazzayev, who has been under heavy pressure from the Russian media and fans following a shock Champions League exit by his club, CSKA Moscow, dropped CSKA midfielder Igor Yanovsky and Dynamo Moscow's Dmitry Bulykin.

The match at Moscow's Lokomotiv Stadium will be the final tune-up for both sides before next month's Euro 2004 qualifiers.




Dementieva Moves On



TORONTO (Reuters) -- World No. 15 Yelena Dementieva, one of three seeds in action on Monday, secured her place in the second round of the $1.3 million Canadian Open.

The ninth seed from Russia was given a stiff examination by Australia's Alicia Molik but eventually went through 6-3, 7-6.

Tenth-seeded Russian Vera Zvonareva defeated Austria's Barbara Schett 6-1, 7-6, but Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik caused an upset by putting out 11th seed Silvia Farina Elia of Italy 6-4, 7-5.

New world No. 1 Kim Clijsters is the top attraction in this week's event, which has a weakened field after many of the world's top players withdrew.