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Human Rights Center

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Monday setting up an international human rights center and pressing regional officials to boost ties with rights activists, a move some critics decried as an attempt to extend control over already established rights groups.

The decree sets up the International Human Rights Center and instructs Putin's regional envoys and local officials to assist and cooperate with rights groups, the Kremlin said in a statement.

The international center will help defend the rights of Russians abroad, said Ella Pamfilova, who heads the presidential human rights commission that called for its creation.

Pumane Case Thickens

MOSCOW (MT) -- Dental records of former naval officer Alexander Pumane indicate that the body of a man who police claim was arrested in a Moscow car bomb plot is that of another man, Kommersant reported Monday.

The dental records were submitted to the City Prosecutor's Office by Pumane's girlfriend after his former wife and classmates could not identify the body, Kommersant said.

Police said they detained Pumane Sept. 17 in a car wired with explosives. After a night of interrogations, the suspect was hospitalized and died, apparently after being severely beaten.

5 Rebels Die in Clashes

MOSCOW (AP) -- Federal troops clashed with rebels in Chechnya, killing five of them, including a Turkish citizen, a federal spokesman said Monday.

The insurgents were spotted late Sunday near the village of Serzhen-Yurt, some 35 kilometers southeast of Grozny, said a spokesman for federal troops in Chechnya, Ilya Shabalkin.

JAT Jet Skids

MOSCOW (AP) -- A JAT Airways passenger jet skidded off a runway after landing at Sheremetyevo Airport following a flight from Belgrade on Monday, the airport said. None of the 83 people aboard the airliner was hurt.

The Boeing 737 veered off the runway as it was turning onto a taxiing strip, Sheremetyevo said in a statement.

Ukrainian Detained

KIEV (AP) -- Police on Monday detained a man who was carrying 900 grams of explosives and numerous ammunition rounds in Kiev.

The 26-year-old suspect, a Kiev native, said that he had brought the explosives and ammunition from Grozny, said Dmytriy Andreyev, a police spokesman. The suspect said he was an explosives expert and had fought in Chechnya, but it was not clear on which side.