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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

11th Sailor Found Alive



A Russian rescue ship recovered the body of one more sailor from a Russian cargo ship that sank earlier this week off South Korea's coast. Two other bodies appeared to have been sighted, news agencies reported Thursday.

But the South Korean coast guard cautioned that it was unclear whether the plane had spotted bodies or just two objects. Rescuers were still searching for the two bodies and three other members of the ship's crew, the Transport Ministry said.

Eleven of the Sinegorye's crew of 18 have been rescued to date and the body of one sailor has been recovered. (AP)




Liquor-Related Deaths Rise



Fake vodka and toxic alcohol substitutes have killed scores of people nationwide over the past few months.

In the Belgorod region alone, 44 of the 912 affected have died since July 31, a spokeswoman for the Belgorod regional prosecutors' office said.

More than 550 people in the Irkutsk region have appealed for medical assistance and of those, 19 have died of toxic hepatitis, Itar-Tass reported.

Six people were killed in the Perm region, 15 died in the Pskov region and seven in the Khabarovsk region, Itar-Tass reported. (AP)




Kazakh Doctors Speak Out



ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Doctors in southern Kazakhstan appealed to lawmakers Thursday to abolish fines introduced in June that were aimed to reduce incompetence.

The doctors complained they were being persecuted for a rash of HIV and AIDS cases that has left scores of children infected. They also demanded raises, saying otherwise they would have to continue to accept bribes from patients.

In recent months, 78 toddlers and eight mothers in the region have become infected with HIV, and six children have died of AIDS-related diseases. (AP)




Rights Group Slams Russia



U.S.-based Human Rights Watch has condemned Russia for deporting an Uzbek man and urged the European Union to step up pressure on Russia over human rights.

Russia extradited Rustam Muminov on Oct. 24 despite an order by the European Court of Human Rights to stop his deportation. At home, he is accused of terrorism. Rights groups say he could face torture or execution in Uzbekistan.

"This sets a dangerous precedent for all asylum seekers in Russia," Holly Cartner, an HRW campaigner for the region, said late Wednesday. (Reuters)




Naturalist Turns Naturist



A Ukrainian Greenpeace activist in the Crimea has been threatened with deportation from Ukraine after posing naked for a series of environmental awareness posters.

Oksana Golubova posed naked in a series of posters to draw attention to the environmental costs of tourism, Ukrainian web site www.utro.ru reported. Her posters offended Crimean Prime Minister Viktor Plakida, who promised to deport her if she continued the campaign. (MT)




For the Record



Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov on Thursday announced his intention to run for the presidency in 2008, Interfax reported. (MT)

Lawmakers in Turkmenistan promised free natural gas, electricity and water to all citizens of the country on Wednesday at the urging of President Saparmurat Niyazov. (AP)