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News in Brief

6 More Sailors Rescued

SEOUL, South Korea -- Six more Russian sailors have been rescued from the waters off South Korea's east coast on Wednesday, almost two days after 18 crew members went missing in a shipwreck.

South Korean rescuers had already saved five people Tuesday and recovered the body of another, bringing the total number of rescued sailors to 11. The search is continuing for the remaining six sailors.

The Sinegorye was carrying timber from Russia's Far East to China with 18 crew on board when communication with the vessel was lost after it transmitted distress signals. (Reuters)

Extremist Attacks Increase

Some 80 international Islamist extremist groups are currently active in Russia, First Deputy Interior Minister Alexander Chekalin told the Federation Council on Wednesday, Interfax reported.

Chekalin said 80 percent of the members in these groups were below 30 years of age. The Interior Ministry has recorded 185 extremist attacks so far this year, up 76 percent from the same period last year, Chekalin said. (MT)

Pavlovsky Ban Disputed

A group of Ukrainian political scientists on Wednesday rallied to the defense of Kremlin-connected analyst Gleb Pavlovsky, who has been barred from entering Ukraine, Interfax reported.

The Ukrainian Security Service barred Pavlovsky for "activities contrary to Ukraine's national interests."

"We may not share the views of our Russian colleague, and for some of us they are entirely unacceptable, but in our view barring Gleb Pavlovsky from entering the country sets a dangerous precedent of trampling on the basic principles of democracy, free speech and human rights," the group said in an open letter. (MT)

Talks on Nagorno-Karabakh

PARIS -- The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia met in Paris for talks on Tuesday on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and discussions were "very frank and open-minded," mediators said.

Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian and Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov are to meet again Nov. 14 in Brussels, said mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's so-called Minsk group, which deals with the conflict. (AP)

Vishnevskaya Turns 80

Legendary opera singer Galina Vishnevskaya celebrated her 80th birthday Wednesday.

Vishnevskaya, who has been married to cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich since 1955, began her career on the stage in 1944. She joined the Bolshoi Theater in 1952, and made a series of international debuts in the early 1960s.

Vishnevskaya and Rostropovich emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1974 under intense pressure from the authorities. They returned in 1990, when Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev restored their citizenship. (MT)

For the Record

The number of foreign NGOs that have re-registered under a controversial new law rose to 123 on Wednesday, Interfax reported, citing the Federal Registration Service. (MT)

The European Union on Wednesday added four new names to a list of Belarussian officials who have been banned from entering EU countries, expanding the list to 35. (AP)