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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Limited Tbilisi Sanctions



TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia on Monday imposed limited sanctions against two Russian military bases in a bid to pressure Moscow to speed up their withdrawal while at the same time expressing hope that the long-simmering dispute would be settled soon.

Georgian lawmakers approved the sanctions in March, and Parliament Speaker Nino Burdzhanadze said the bases were operating "in the exit mode" starting Monday. Visas to Russian soldiers will be limited, and equipment and cargo will be shipped to and from the base under additional control. (AP)




Rebel Rejects Peace Talks



Chechnya's new rebel leader said Monday that his fighters would never ask the Kremlin for peace talks, ending his predecessor's policy of offering to meet at the negotiating table.

"The leadership of the Chechen resistance is always open to a real political dialogue on the principles laid out by Aslan Maskhadov," Abdul-Khalim Sadulayev said on the Chechen Press web site. "But all the same, we will never again ask the Kremlin for peace."

Maskhadov was killed in March. (Reuters)




Lithuania's Top Cop Robbed



VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuania's top police officer got a firsthand look at crime when his wallet was stolen at a restaurant in his hometown, police said Monday.

The thief made off with about 6,000 litas ($2,300) in cash, bank cards and personal documents after snatching the wallet Thursday from Interior Minister Gintaras Furmanavicius' coat.

Police in Kaunas said solving the crime was "a matter of honor." Furmanavicius declined to comment. (AP)




For the Record



Nur-Pashi Kulayev, believed to be the only survivor of more than 30 militants who raided the Beslan school in September, goes on trial Tuesday. (AP)

Rolf Ekeus, the the OSCE's high commissioner for minorities, arrived Monday for three days of talks on ethnic minorities. (AP)