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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Transdnestr Votes



TIRASPOL, Moldova -- Pro-Russian separatists in Moldova's self-declared Transdnestr republic held parliamentary elections Sunday, rejecting objections by Moldova and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that the ballot would not be fair.

The OSCE has refused to monitor or recognize the ballot, saying the region was not allowing media freedom and that secret services were overseeing all polling stations.

But Transdnestr's leader, Igor Smirnov, said the "elections were for the Transdnestr people and not for the OSCE." (AP)




Mine Rockslide Kills 2



ROSTOV-ON-DON -- A rockslide ripped through a coal mine in southern Russia on Monday, killing two miners and injuring one, officials said.

Rescuers found the bodies of two victims and evacuated 11 miners to the surface at the mine in the town of Zverevo in the Rostov region, the local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said. (AP)