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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Putin Arrives in Greece



THESSALONIKI, Greece -- President Vladimir Putin arrived in Greece Thursday for a two-day working trip expected to include a visit to the 1,000-year-old autonomous monastic community of Mount Athos.

Putin was to meet Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis in this northern port city, the premier's office said, but gave no further details.

After landing, Putin was taken to Porto Carras, a resort near Mount Athos. Officials said Putin's talks late Thursday with Caramanlis would focus on bilateral relations and trade, including a planned pipeline that will carry Russian oil from Bulgaria to the Greek port of Alexandroupolis. (AP)




No Extradition for Georgian



TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia's interior minister said Thursday that a man who admitted throwing a live grenade toward U.S. President George W. Bush during a rally in the country would face justice at home.

"The United States trusts the Georgian justice and law enforcement agencies, and it has not made an extradition request," Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili said. Vladimir Arutyunian was indicted Wednesday by a U.S. grand jury on charges of trying to assassinate the president. (AP)




Nazarbayev Win Predicted



ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- The daughter of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Thursday predicted her father would win re-election in the Dec. 4 vote. She called on the opposition to give up "a destructive political standoff."

Dariga Nazarbayeva, a member of parliament, said her political party would back her father's bid and that "there are no worthy opponents to run against Nazarbayev." (AP)




Azeri Bioweapons Report



BAKU, Azerbaijan -- An Azerbaijani health official said Thursday that Azerbaijan had handed over to the United States samples of several deadly bacteria strains but denied they were used in a biological weapons program.

Abbas Velibekov confirmed a report by the Chicago Tribune that more than 60 bacterial samples had been handed over to the United States last week as part of a program designed to reduce the threat of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons. (AP)




Siberian Coal Mine Blast



A methane blast ripped through a Siberian coal mine Thursday, killing one miner, injuring two and leaving two missing, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. Thirty one miners were working the Kemerovo region mine when the explosion occurred, a spokesman for the ministry's regional branch said. (AP)