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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Ivanov Eyes Resolution

MOSCOW (AP) -- Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov gave a cautious approval to the U.S.-draft UN resolution that offers the United Nations a greater role in Iraq and said that Moscow would not mind U.S. leadership in a broader international peacekeeping force.

"Preliminarily speaking, I can say that this initiative deserves attention since the content of the proposed resolution reflects those principles which Russia has consistently championed," Ivanov told reporters Friday.

He said the draft will need more work to win approval at the UN Security Council.

Village Head Killed

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia (AP) -- The head of a Chechen village was killed by unknown assailants, and four soldiers and police died in attacks, an official in Chechnya's Kremlin-backed administration said Saturday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the body of Goiskoye head Adam Gatsayev was found in the village outskirts. There were no immediate details of how he was killed.

Jet Hits Trees

MINSK, Belarus (Reuters) -- An Iranian airliner with 42 passengers and crew on board went off course in fog Saturday and hit trees before landing in Minsk, airport authorities said. No one was hurt.

Airport duty officer Valery Skubyev said the Kish Air Tu-154 was making a scheduled landing on a flight from Tehran to Copenhagen when the incident occurred. He said the plane went off course and struck trees near the airport. It finally managed to make an emergency landing.

None of the 38 passengers or four-member crew was hurt, though there was damage to the plane's bodywork and wings, he said.

Nina Vysotskaya Dead

MOSCOW (MT) -- The mother of late popular bard Vladimir Vysotsky, Nina Vysotskaya, died Sunday morning in a Moscow hospital after suffering a stroke, Ekho Moskvy radio reported Sunday. She was 92.

The report had no further details.

Central Bank Find

MOSCOW (AP) -- A combat grenade from World War II was found on the grounds of the Central Bank in downtown Moscow, police said.

Construction workers unearthed the grenade late last week while digging on the territory of the bank, an ornate building at 12 Neglinnaya Ulitsa.

Bomb squad members put the grenade in a container and took it to a firing range to be detonated, a police spokesman said.

Gymnast Card Shark

MADRID, Spain (AP) -- Russian Olympic gold medalist rhythmic gymnast Vera Shimanskaya, 22, and a male compatriot in the small southeastern tourist town of Pucol were arrested last week after the owner of the local Monte Picayo casino complained the Olympian and her friend were playing poker with marked cards, police said.

Shimanskaya was in the gold medal-winning team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. By the time she left the sport in 2001, she held two World and two European Championship titles. The Russian Sports Agency conferred on her the title of Honored Master of Sports.

Spanish daily El Mundo reported Thursday the pair had won up to 9,000 euros ($9,800) each night during visits to casinos in Alicante and Malaga this summer. But one casino owner in Malaga, wary of her continued success at the poker table, sent a warning to other casinos.

Security guards at Monte Picayo casino trained cameras on the suspects and called police to arrest the pair for cheating at poker. The gymnast and her partner were led away in handcuffs.