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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

2 Estonians Expelled



MOSCOW (AP) -- The Foreign Ministry on Monday declared two Estonian diplomats persona non grata and ordered them to leave the country within two days.

The move came hours after Estonia announced that it had expelled two Russian diplomats for alleged espionage in the ex-Soviet republic. Estonia's Paevaleht daily newspaper, citing unidentified sources, said the Russians may have tried to test Estonia's ability to protect secret data. Estonia had said that it fully expected retaliatory expulsions by Moscow.

The Foreign Ministry issued a terse statement Monday, saying that Estonia's representative in Russia was informed that two Estonian diplomats were being ordered to leave for "activity incompatible with diplomatic status and which causes damage to Russian interests." The diplomats were given two days.




Help for Kosovo



BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro (AP) -- Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said Monday that Russia plans to set up two tent camps for refugees in Serbia-Montenegro and a temporary hospital to help in the aftermath of the violence last week in Kosovo.

Shoigu said after talks in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia-Montenegro, that the camps, each able to hold 1,000 people, will be equipped with food and a first-aid center.

Shoigu said he was sent to the Balkans by President Vladimir Putin to see "what can be done to help those trying to survive."

The hospital, to be run by the Emergency Situations Ministry, can care for about 600 people. A Russian plane, carrying emergency aid, will also be dispatched in the next few days, Shoigu told reporters.




Sutyagin Appeal



MOSCOW (AP) -- Moscow City Court on Monday rejected a defense motion seeking to bar some prosecution evidence in the spying trial of a scientist that his lawyers claim was gathered illegally, a defense lawyer said.

Igor Sutyagin, a scholar at Moscow's respected U.S.A. and Canada Institute, has been in jail since his October 1999 arrest, on charges he sold information on nuclear submarines and missile warning systems to a British company that investigators claim was a cover for the CIA.

Sutyagin, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, has pleaded innocent.




Poland Terror Arrests



WARSAW (AP) -- Polish police questioned three Pakistanis and a Ukrainian in Warsaw on Monday about possible terrorist links after finding marked-up maps in one of the men's apartments.

The men were taken into custody amid heightened security after the bombings in Madrid, and police were investigating whether they were involved in terrorism or other criminal activity, said spokeswoman Grazyna Puchalska. "This detention is the effect of police and other services being especially alert due to a potential terrorist threat," Puchalska said.

Police said the men ranged in age from 32 to 59, but would not release their names or further details.