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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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3 Chechen Ambush Suspects



Authorities have detained three men suspected of carrying out a recent ambush on security forces in Chechnya that killed 15 people, Chechen Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov said Monday.

Alkhanov said that the three, Ayub Tuntuyev, Aslanbek Vitrigov and Ali Agamirzoyev, have confessed to having participated in the attack and said it was ordered and financed by warlord Shamil Basayev, Itar-Tass reported.

Militants set off a bomb near a police minibus on July 19, leaving 15 people dead, including two children, and wounding more than 20 others. (AP)




Organ Transplant Retrial



The Moscow City Court has postponed until Aug. 8 the retrial of four doctors accused of illegally removing organs for transplants from a patient at City Hospital No. 20, Interfax reported Monday.

Yury Kostanov, a lawyer for defendant Pyotr Pyatnichuk, said the trial date was pushed back because his client was ill with high blood pressure.

It was the second time that the retrial had been postponed. On June 22, the court postponed proceedings because lawyers for two other defendants were on vacation. (MT)




Berlin's Lenin May Return



BERLIN -- Left-wing Berlin senators want to reassemble a giant statue of Vladimir Lenin that was removed from the former eastern half of the city in 1991 shortly after German reunification.

A scene showing part of the 19-meter statue being borne through the air by a helicopter featured in the 2003 hit film "Goodbye Lenin!" Today it lies buried in pieces in a forest on the outskirts of Berlin.

Tourist industry experts say the monument would appeal to many of the city's 6 million visitors each year. "The Communist period is the most asked-after period by tourists in Berlin," said Natascha Kompatzki of Berlin Tourismus Marketing GmbH.

One proposal is for the granite statue to be housed in Berlin's Museum of German History, Germany's Bild newspaper said Monday. (Reuters)