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2 Chechen Militants Killed

Two militants were killed and two servicemen were wounded when security forces raided a rebel camp in the mountains of Chechnya, officials said Thursday.

The fighting erupted Wednesday near the village of Dargo, in the southern Vedeno region, when servicemen from a the Defense Ministry Vostok battalion spotted a rebel camp, the regional Interior Ministry said in a statement. (AP)

Ethnic Violence in Kalmykia

More than 100 police were dispatched to a village in Kalmykia in response to fighting that left one person dead and another injured, media reports said Wednesday.

Citing prosecutors, Interfax reported that a man from Dagestan stabbed two 16-year-old local boys in a fight at a disco in the village of Vorobyovka, killing one of them.

A group of young local men, armed with a hunting rifle, later went to a livestock farm where the Dagestani man -- who was arrested on suspicion of murder for the stabbing -- had been living and shot at the farm's owner, injuring him, Ekho Moskvy reported.

The suspected shooter was detained. The reports said more than 100 police were sent to Vorobyovka in an effort to ensure it did not escalate. (AP)

Yushchenko Ally Targeted

KIEV -- Ukraine's parliament on Thursday called for a two-month suspension of the country's interior minister, a close ally of President Viktor Yushchenko, one day after two other presidential allies lost Cabinet posts.

Yushchenko is rapidly losing influence over the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

The parliament set up a commission to check accusations of corruption in the Interior Ministry and proposed that Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko be suspended for two months. (Reuters)

Moscow Will Ignore Ruling

KIEV -- Moscow will ignore a Ukrainian court order to return Crimean lighthouses used by the Russian naval fleet to Ukraine, Russian Ambassador Viktor Chernomyrdin said Thursday.

A court in Sevastopol ruled in September that 22 lighthouses and other navigational devices held by the Russian Black Sea fleet must be returned to the control of Ukraine's Transport Ministry.

Asked if Russia would comply, Chernomyrdin said no. "There are international rules, there is an agreement ratified by both of our parliaments," he said on Ukraine's TV5. (AP)

NBP Cases Flood Court

Lawyer Dmitry Agranovsky said Thursday that 49 cases involving members of the unregistered National Bolshevik Party were pending in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, Interfax reported.

In March, the court ordered the Russian government to pay NBP member Valentina Dolgova 5,000 euros ($6,388) for emotional suffering, ruling that Dolgova had been unjustly held in jail for an entire year. (MT)