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3 Police Killed in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA -- Unidentified assailants shot and killed three traffic policemen on a highway in Dagestan, the republic's Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

The attack occurred shortly before midnight Monday on the Kavkaz highway, near the settlement of Inchkhe, about 70 kilometers south of the Dagestani capital, Makhachkala, ministry spokesman Abdul Musayev said. (AP)

Bosnian Serb Investigated

Siberian prosecutors are investigating Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Dragan Zelenovic on charges of illegal border crossing and passport forgery, an official said Tuesday. The UN War Crimes Tribunal has issued an international arrest warrant for Zelenovic, a former military police officer indicted for crimes against humanity in Bosnia.

Lyudmila Nesterova, an aide to prosecutors in the Khanty-Mansiisk region, confirmed that the case had been opened against Zelenovic on Thursday.

She said it was unclear what impact the case would have on the prospects for the suspect's extradition, since there was a "gap" in Russian law concerning foreign citizens facing criminal charges inside Russia. (AP)

Katrina Aid Waits Go-Ahead

The first two Russian planes carrying humanitarian aid for the Hurricane Katrina disaster are waiting for a U.S. go-ahead to take off, the Emergency Situations Ministry said Tuesday.

"We are discussing with the U.S. side which airport the planes will land at," spokeswoman Veronika Smolskaya said.

The ministry said Monday that the U.S. authorities had accepted Moscow's offer of humanitarian assistance to the disaster's victims, after initially rejecting Russia's offer last week to send rescue teams and other aid. Three Il-76 cargo planes were ready to transport power generators, emergency food rations, tents, medicine and other aid. (AP)

No Bloc With Chinese

Russia and China will expand military cooperation after groundbreaking war games last month but will not seal a formal alliance into a military bloc, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday. Both countries stressed the joint exercises did not challenge the U.S.-dominated Asian security system, but observers said they reflected growing Chinese determination to increase its clout.

"Our common assessment of the exercises is positive," Ivanov was quoted by Russian media as saying after meeting Chinese State Councilor Cao Gangchuan in Moscow. "They were not aimed against anybody. Russia and China do not want to form any military blocs, but want to strengthen our military cooperation, including by using joint exercises." (Reuters)

Embassy Protest in Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia -- The Russian Embassy in Georgia accused authorities of failing to investigate the beating of a Russian camera crew and warned Russian citizens about traveling to the country.

The embassy said Monday that local residents assaulted a Russian NTV camera crew in the village of Napareuli. The local police have ignored the journalists' request to investigate the incident, the embassy said in a statement.

The embassy filed a protest with the Georgian authorities, demanding they punish the culprits and compensate the journalists for the damage. (AP)