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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Al-Walid Vows Attacks



DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) -- Arab television channel Al-Jazeera broadcast a videotape Saturday of the man it said was the leader of Arab fighters in Chechnya, vowing to stage a wave of attacks inside Russia.

Abu al-Walid, accused by the Kremlin of being among those behind last month's bombing on the Moscow metro, said the campaign might depend on the outcome of Sunday's presidential poll.

"If they elect someone who declares war on Chechnya, then the Russians are declaring war against the Chechens and by God we will send them [mines]," he said. Holding up a land mine, he continued, "Not only these but also things that did not cross their minds."




Faberge Tour in May



NEW YORK (AP) -- The collection of Faberge eggs purchased from the Forbes family a month ago will be touring Russia beginning in May.

The tour will begin in the Kremlin, where a collection of 10 imperial Faberge eggs already sits.

Bob Burkett, a spokesman for Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire who purchased the Forbes collection for an estimated $90 million last month, said dates for the tour have not yet been set and will be announced in early April.




UN's Chechnya Stance



UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) -- Russia has asked the United Nations to "correct" a report on wartime abuse of children that calls Chechnya an "armed conflict," UN and Russian officials said.

Former UN Ambassador Sergei Lavrov, named last week as foreign minister, has asked UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to issue a correction because the report put Russia and Chechnya on a list of countries where there are "parties to armed conflict" who recruit and exploit teenagers under 17 as child soldiers, the officials said.


For the Record



Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko goes on trial Monday in San Francisco. He is charged with using U.S. banks to launder $114 million that he allegedly siphoned off from his country's government or that he received as bribes in exchange for government favors and contracts. (AP)

Starting Monday, EU External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten will visit Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in an effort to to nudge them to more economic and political reforms and -- mindful of the Madrid bombings -- step up the fight against terrorism. (AP)