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News in Brief

No-Confidence Vote

Regional lawmakers approved a no-confidence motion against Altai Governor Mikhail Yevdokimov in a 46-5 vote Thursday. But Yevdokimov said he would not resign.

Earlier this month, a group of politicians and NGOs urged President Vlaidimir Putin to dismiss Yevdokimov over heating problems in the eastern Siberian region. (MT)

Foreign Students Protest

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Scores of foreign university students rallied in Krasnodar this week to protest an attack on a Syrian and a Lebanese student.

Witnesses said the two students were attacked by a group of young men armed with clubs Saturday night in central Krasnodar.

On Wednesday, nearly 200 students gathered outside Kuban State University, carrying signs that read "We Want Peace" and demanding the university do more to protect them. (AP)

Kim Invited for May 9

Moscow said Thursday that it hopes North Korean leader Kim Jong Il will accept its invitation to visit for Victory Day celebrations on May 9.

Kim has not yet responded to the invitation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko said at a news conference.

Itar-Tass, however, on Thursday quoted an unidentified member of the Moscow-based organizing committee for the May 9 festivities as saying Kim would not come and would send a senior official in his place. (AP)

Moscow Assails Al-Jazeera

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday angrily criticized the al-Jazeera Arab satellite channel for what it described as biased reports on Chechnya.

A ministry statement said al-Jazeera's coverage of Chechnya "completely distorts the actual state of affairs in the Chechen Republic and ignores the continuous efforts of federal and local authorities to restore the economy and normalize the social and political situation." It accused "foreign circles" of trying to hamper the development of Russia's ties with Arab nations through reports on Chechnya by Qatar-based al-Jazeera. "We are certain that they will not succeed," it added. (AP)

Russia Settles With Scientist

DETROIT -- The Russian government has settled a dispute with a scientist accused of fleeing the country in 1991 with $350 million worth of nonradioactive isotopes.

The settlement was approved Monday after 10 years of wrangling in federal court in Detroit, court documents said.

The deal authorizes lawyers for Russia and a Detroit company controlled by the scientist, Alexandre Rodionov, to sell the isotopes and split the proceeds. Russia is to get 65 percent, while Rodionov's company, High Technology Products, is to get 35 percent, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. (AP)

For the Record

Hundreds of demonstrators rallied in Georgian cities Thursday to protest the withdrawal of Russian military bases. During a protest in Akhalkalaki, some 700 people urged Tbilisi to reconsider its push for a quick pullout of the Russian base there, saying its closure would leave most local residents without jobs. (AP)

The Emergency Situations Ministry was to send teams of rescue workers to aid recovery efforts on the Indonesian island of Nias, where an earthquake killed some 1,000 people. (AP)