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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Sentencing in Girl's Murder

ST. PETERSBURG -- A St. Petersburg court sentenced a teenager accused of killing a 9-year-old Tajik girl to 5 1/2 years in prison on Thursday.

The jury last week found Roman Kazakov, 16, and six friends who attacked Khursheda Sultonova, her father and a cousin guilty of hooliganism. The six received jail terms of 18 months to three years, while an eighth defendant was acquitted. Kazakov was the only defendant charged with murder, but the jury threw out that charge. (Reuters)

UN to Visit Jails

GENEVA -- The United Nations' special investigator on torture criticized the U.S. stance on access to terror suspects Thursday, saying Russia was offering more generous conditions for examining claims of prisoner mistreatment.

Manfred Nowak said he had received an invitation from Moscow to visit Russian detention centers, including in Chechnya. The willingness of Russia to allow him to interview prisoners in private contrasted with the U.S. refusal to provide that access to detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he said. (AP)

For the Record

A top general from military-ruled Myanmar, Maung Aye, will make an official visit to Russia on Sunday, the first trip by a senior leader in more than four decades, diplomatic officials said. (AP)

A Soyuz rocket streaked into the skies over the Central Asian steppe on Thursday, launching a U.S.-Russian-Brazilian crew on a mission to the international space station. (AP)