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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Bush on Russian Democracy

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President George W. Bush said that while he consistently encouraged Russia to embrace democracy, Washington did not expect it to look exactly like the United States.

Bush was responding Wednesday to a question from a Polish journalist about the U.S. stance toward Russia while speaking to reporters with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski at the White House. (Reuters)

U.S. Detains Ukrainian

KIEV -- A former Ukrainian governor was arrested in the United States at Ukraine's request on fraud and extortion charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

Prosecutors accuse Volodymyr Shcherban of abusing his position as the former head of the northern Sumy region. President Viktor Yushchenko fired him in January, and he was detained in Tampa, Florida. (AP)

Peru Protests Killing

LIMA, Peru -- Peru's Foreign Ministry said it had lodged a formal protest with Russia over Sunday's beating and stabbing death of an 18-year-old Peruvian student in Voronezh.

"A criminal group of a racist and xenophobic character murdered Peruvian student Enrique Arturo Angeles Hurtado," the ministry said. (AP)

Soccer Fans Charged

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia -- Slovak police charged five Russian soccer fans with rioting and damaging property, police said Thursday.

The five -- who face up to two years in prison if convicted -- were part of a group of about 50 Russian-speaking fans who broke shop windows in downtown Bratislava and started a brawl late Tuesday that left eight people injured.

Two people remained hospitalized Thursday, including a Russian fan who was stabbed during the incident, police said. That stabbing victim was also charged with marijuana possession.

The brawl occurred on the eve of a key soccer World Cup qualifier. (AP)