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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Computer Game Death

A 12-year-old boy in Yekaterinburg died of a stroke after playing computer games for 12 hours, Noviye Izvestia reported, citing health officials.

The boy, identified in the report only as Sergei, was hospitalized on May 31 after he had fainted from an epileptic attack at the local computer parlor. On June 8, the boy died in the hospital. The autopsy showed that he had suffered a massive stroke, which doctors believe was caused by continuous emotional stress due to excessive playing of computer games, the newspaper said. (MT)

Akayev Questioning

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- A group of Kyrgyz prosecutors left for Moscow on Tuesday to question ousted President Askar Akayev and former Prime Minister Nikolai Tanayev about corruption allegations, chief prosecutor Azimbek Beknazarov said.

Other prosecutors have traveled to Turkey to investigate whether any state assets are in bank accounts allegedly owned by Akayev, Beknazarov said.

Beknazarov said Akayev had communicated his refusal to meet with prosecutors, but that his wife had agreed to travel to Bishkek to answer questions about her charitable foundation. (AP)

Border Guard Strike

HELSINKI -- Finnish border guards began a strike Tuesday on the 1,300-kilometer border with Russia.

The strike started as the guards' union and their employer, Frontier Guard, decided to resume negotiations. The union rejected a mediation proposal last Friday.

The border guards, who are demanding more pay, have threatened to expand the strike in July. (AP)

Black Sea Coast Derailment

Landslides along a stretch of railroad on the Black Sea coast in the Krasnodar region caused 15 cars on a freight train to derail Tuesday, causing delays for thousands of train passengers, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

No injuries or environmental damage were reported, a ministry spokesman said. But 12 passenger trains were stopped while hundreds of workers struggled to clear the empty train and repair the tracks, he said. (AP)

Gunfire in Grozny

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Unidentified assailants opened automatic weapons fire at a construction site in the center of the Chechen capital, Grozny, on Tuesday, but injured no one, the headquarters of the Russian military in Chechnya said. The building site, on the premises of the Chechen Housing and Utility Sector Ministry, is about 150 meters from the Kremlin-backed Chechen State Council. (AP)

Azeri-Armenian Traffic

BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Azerbaijan has proposed restoring traffic to Armenia through the disputed enclave of Nagorny Karabakh, Deputy Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said Monday. The made the proposal last week during a meeting of the two countries' foreign ministers in Paris, he said. (AP)

Girenko's Works Printed

Two volumes of works by slain St. Petersburg ethnic- and racial-issues expert Nikolai Girenko were released Monday on the first anniversary of his death. The Carillion publishing house printed 500 copies of each volume, to be distributed free of charge. (SPT)