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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Lavrov, Palestinian Meet

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday that the quartet of Mideast peace mediators would meet next month to discuss the establishment of Palestinian control over evacuated Israeli settlements.

"Having emphasized the significance of Israel's withdrawal from Gaza, we expressed our common opinion that this withdrawal should be completed in all its aspects in order to secure the possibility for existence of the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank under Palestinian administration," Lavrov said after talks with his Palestinian counterpart, Nasser Al Kidwa.

He said the quartet of Russia, the United States, the UN and the European Union would next meet in New York on Sept. 20. (AP)

Ship on Fire in Black Sea

Dozens of passengers and crew members leapt into lifeboats Thursday and fled a Turkish ship off Sochi in the Black Sea after a fire broke out on board, a Russian emergency official said.

Russian authorities received an SOS signal from the ship at 5:15 p.m. Moscow time and sent a rescue vessel, one of two that was headed for the area, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Sergei Vlasov said.

He said the ministry believed that all 55 people on board -- 32 passengers and 23 crew -- had left the ship and were in lifeboats or rafts. (AP)

Accident Kills Miner

KIEV -- The cable of a Ukrainian coal mining vehicle snapped Thursday, killing one miner and injuring 10 others, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The ministry said the cable snapped on a vehicle that carries workers through shafts in a coal mine in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk. (AP)

8 Trawlers Detained

Federal border guards detained eight North Korean trawlers for fishing illegally for squid in Russian territorial waters, the Federal Border Service said Thursday.

More than 8 metric tons of frozen and freshly caught squid were discovered aboard the boats, border guards spokeswoman Natalya Rondaleva said. Border guard ships accompanied the trawlers to the Far Eastern port of Nakhodka for further investigation. (AP)

Estonia Crash Body Found

TALLINN -- Divers on Thursday recovered the body of a Finnish pilot that had been missing since a helicopter crash in the Baltic Sea two weeks ago that killed 14 people, officials said. All victims of the Aug. 10 crash off Tallinn have now been recovered.

Officials said divers found the pilot's body near the place where the wreckage of the helicopter was lifted on Aug. 13. He has not officially been named, but Finnish media have identified him as Peter Fredriksson, 41. (AP)

Prostitutes Arrested

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Police arrested 68 prostitutes from Russia, China and Uzbekistan in a series of raids on nightspots in the Indonesian capital, media reports said Thursday.

The women, most of whose visas had expired, will be deported, police Colonel Ciptono told The Jakarta Post. Most of those detained in Tuesday's raids were from China, said Ciptono, who goes by a single name. (AP)

Georgia Bus Attack

TBILISI, Georgia -- Gunmen attacked a bus on a road in Georgia, fatally shooting an Azeri passenger and wounding two other people before fleeing with cash and valuables, police and survivors said Wednesday.

Five assailants attacked the bus overnight near the village of Tamarisi, after the bus had crossed the border from Azerbaijan, passengers said on Rustavi-2 television. (AP)