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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Tighter Adoption Rules

MOSCOW (AP) -- The State Duma urged the government Thursday to tighten control over foreign adoptions to protect the children's rights and ensure that Russian families have priority.

The Duma voted unanimously in favor of a request to Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov to interfere in what it called "the critical situation concerning the adoption of Russian children by foreign citizens."

"Nearly 7,000 kids from Russia are adopted by foreigners every year," said Deputy Yekaterina Lakhova, adding that more children were adopted by foreigners last year than by Russians.

The appeal appeared to be a reaction to a recent NTV report about a few Russian children who were killed by their adoptive parents.

8 Killed in Bus Crash

MOSCOW (AP) -- A bus carrying a soccer team crashed with two other vehicles outside Moscow on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring 11, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The team was from the Moscow region town of Orekhovo-Zuyevo, said ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov.

Beltsov said the accident occurred 80 kilometers east of Moscow when a long truck carrying heavy containers tried to avoid colliding with a small passenger car and plowed into the bus instead.

Mubarak Visits

MOSCOW (AP) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was to arrive Thursday to discuss the situation in Iraq and the Middle East with President Vladimir Putin and other officials.

Putin was to host Mubarak in the Kremlin on Friday at a one-on-one meeting to be followed by broader talks involving officials from both countries.

For the Record

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the government will do everything in its power to foster the reunification of the Russian Orthodox Church and its foreign branch. (AP)

President Vladimir Putin hosted Europe's top human rights official, Alvaro Gil-Robles, on Thursday and pledged that Russia would continue to cooperate with the Council of Europe. (AP)