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News in Brief

Annan in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) -- United Nation Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Moscow on Sunday for a visit expected to focus on Russian-UN cooperation and Moscow's calls for the UN to play the leading role in international trouble spots.

Annan's main talks with Russian officials were scheduled for Monday.

Moscow "will continue to make a weighty contribution in increasing the authority and effectiveness of the UN Security Council as a key component for forming the current collective security system," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said, Itar-Tass reported.

Both Iraq and Kosovo were expected to be high on the agenda for Annan's talks with Foreign Minster Sergey Lavrov, scheduled for Monday.

Chechen Surrenders

VLADIKAVKAZ, North Ossetia (AP) -- The head of Chechen separatist leader Aslan Maskhadov's bodyguard corps has surrendered to federal forces, the regional command center said Friday. The center said in a statement that Shaa Turlayev turned himself in to security forces in the Nozhai-Yurt region, one of the areas of Chechnya where rebels are believed to be concentrated.

"Turlayev's health is unsatisfactory, and this to some extent explains his leaving," Colonel Ilya Shabalkin, spokesman for the command center, said. Itar-Tass said Turlayev was hospitalized for treatment of wounds suffered earlier and had one of his feet amputated.

Pipeline Attacks

MOSCOW (AP) -- Authorities on Saturday said two explosions on gas and oil pipelines in Dagestan appeared to have been terrorist attacks, NTV television reported on its web site.

The first explosion struck Friday evening on the Mozdok-Kazimagomed line, which pumps natural gas to Azerbaijan. About 15 minutes later a second explosion went off on the Baku-Novorossiisk oil pipeline, the web site said. No one was injured in either explosion.

"Most likely it was a terrorist attack," Uvluby Erbolatov, a regional official in Dagestan was quoted as saying.

U.S. Defense Visit

MOSCOW (AP) -- Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov will travel to the United States next week, visiting a facility that oversees transformation and modernization of NATO's military capabilities and participating in a conference on terrorism.

The four-day visit, due to begin Sunday, will include a trip to the headquarters of NATO's Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.

On Monday, Ivanov was scheduled to participate in a conference organized by the Russia-NATO Council on the military's role in fighting terrorism.

Bogoslovsky Dead at 90

MOSCOW (AP) -- Soviet-era composer Nikita Bogoslovsky, who wrote more than 300 songs, has died, Russian news reports said Sunday. He was 90.

His wife, Alla Sivashova-Bogoslovskaya, told Itar-Tass that her husband died during the night.

Bogoslovsky composed music for 120 films and 80 shows, becoming one of the Soviet Union's most beloved composers.