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Fighter Killed in Chechnya

A rebel was killed and two servicemen were wounded in a clash in Chechnya, officials said Tuesday.

The fighting occurred Monday near the village of Tazen-Kale in the southern Vedeno region when servicemen from a military unit made up of area residents encountered a group of militants, the regional Interior Ministry said in a statement. (AP)

CSKA Fans Held in London

Six fans of CSKA football club were detained upon arrival at London's Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, RIA-Novosti reported.

The six were held on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly on a British Airways flight from Moscow. They were on their way to attend CSKA's Champions League match against Arsenal on Wednesday. (MT)

Russia Criticized on Georgia

WASHINGTON -- Romanian President Traian Basescu took aim at Russia on Tuesday, indirectly accusing the country of benefiting from the continuing "frozen conflicts" in countries such as Georgia and Moldova.

"The single winner of the extended period of having frozen conflicts is the country which doesn't like to have democratic development," Basescu said. "It is the country that still continues to believe that different countries can be controlled for next decade or for the next century," he said. (AP)

Kazakh OSCE Bid in Doubt

ASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday that members of a top trans-Atlantic security and democracy body differ over whether Kazakhstan should hold its rotating chairmanship in 2009, and he called for more reforms in the former Soviet republic.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was noncommittal about Kazakhstan's chances of taking the presidency of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He said there were "differing evaluations" internationally of the OSCE bid, and that more reforms in areas such as administration would be welcome. (AP)