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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Lavrov-Rice Meeting



MOSCOW (AP) -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Turkey on Saturday to plan for a summit later this month between their two countries' presidents, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry said in a statement that the two diplomats will meet in Ankara to discuss the Feb. 24 summit between Presidents Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

Putin and Bush spoke by telephone Tuesday to discuss the Bratislava meeting, the Kremlin said. The Kremlin said the call, initiated by the United States, also included discussion of Sunday's elections in Iraq.

Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said that Russia and the United States have a common goal in controlling the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and human-carried missile systems, Interfax reported.

The statement appeared to be a reference to the recent controversy over the possible sale of Russian-made shoulder-fired Igla missiles to Syria.




Heavy Snowfalls



ROSTOV-ON-DON (AP) -- Heavy snowfalls have halted traffic on several key highways, and one person died after being hit by a falling tree in Rostov-on-Don, officials said Tuesday.

A pensioner was hit by a tree in his backyard and later died of his injuries in the hospital. Three other people were injured by falling trees.

Snowstorms have brought down trees and power lines in Rostov-on-Don and the surrounding region and left hundreds of cars trapped in snow on a main Moscow-bound highway.

Traffic was also blocked on Sakhalin Island and on the Kamchatka Peninsula.




Georgian Blast



TBILISI, Georgia (AP) -- A powerful car bomb exploded Tuesday outside a police station in Georgia, killing three people and injuring 23 others.

The blast occurred in Gori, the closest regional center to the breakaway South Ossetia region. "This was not a random occurrence," said Defense Minister Irakly Okruashvili. "We are dealing with a well-organized terrorist act."