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News in Brief

Blast Injures 10 Troops

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Ten federal servicemen were wounded when an unknown assailant detonated a remote-controlled mine on a highway in Ingushetia, police said Tuesday.

The soldiers were in a military convoy traveling on the Kavkaz Highway when a mine exploded, hitting trucks but causing no injuries, said Alexei Polyansky, spokesman for the southern branch of the Interior Ministry. A second mine was detonated after police arrived on the scene, and 10 soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, he said.

The incident occurred in the vicinity of the regional capital, Magas. (AP)

Georgia Base Talks Near End

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian Foreign Minister Salome Zurabishvili said the prolonged talks on the withdrawal of Russia's two Soviet-era bases from Georgia were drawing to an end.

Zurabishvili told journalists Monday night that the two sides had "managed to clear the draft agreement of secondary questions and approach the fundamental issue."

Zurabishvili said she might meet again in Moscow with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to iron out the final text of the agreement. (AP)

Russia Eyes 2nd Kyrgyz Base

OSH, Kyrgyzstan -- Russia has discussed opening a second military base in Kyrgyzstan to help fend off terrorist threats in the volatile region, a senior Kyrgyz official said Tuesday.

Anvar Artykov, governor of the Osh region in southern Kyrgyzstan, said the Kyrgyz government had yet to make a final decision on the issue.

Kyrgyzstan hosts both U.S. and Russian military bases, located just about 30 kilometers apart. (AP)

Police Official Shot Dead

MAKHACHKALA -- The chief of a police investigation unit in Dagestan was shot and killed outside his garage early Tuesday, police said.

Abdula Musayev, spokesman for the Dagestani Interior Ministry, said Major Magomedkhan Gitinov was the 23rd law enforcement officer to be killed since the beginning of the year, and he blamed Shariat, a little-known Islamic group that has claimed credit for previous police slayings. (AP)

Pole Assails Belarus

GRODNO, Belarus -- Polish lawmaker Roman Giertych has accused Belarussian authorities of violating the rights of Belarus' Polish minority.

During a brief visit Monday to the city about 280 kilometers west of Minsk, the Polish legislator said President Alexander Lukashenko was seeking to control the country's main Polish association. In March, the Union of Poles of Belarus elected a new leadership, but Minsk authorities refused to accept its legitimacy. (AP)

Gergiev Gets London Gig

LONDON -- The London Symphony Orchestra has named globe-trotting conductor Valery Gergiev as its next principal conductor.

The orchestra said Gergiev, who has a clutch of other international commitments, would begin a three-year contract on Jan. 1, 2007.

Gergiev, who heads St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater, succeeds Sir Colin Davis, who has been principal conductor since 1995. Davis will become the orchestra's president. (AP)