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Gaidamak Faces Charges

JERUSALEM -- Israeli police recommended Thursday to the state prosecutor that Russian-Israeli billionaire Arkady Gaidamak be charged with laundering $50 million.

Police transferred Gaidamak's case to the state prosecutor on Thursday, recommending that there is enough evidence to convict him, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Israeli police have questioned him on the case several times. In several local interviews, Gaidamak has insisted he is innocent.

If charged, Gaidamak's case could be the largest money laundering scandal in Israeli history. He could face 10 years in jail, Channel 10 TV reported. (AP)

FSB Charges Chemist

The Federal Security Service said Thursday that it had charged Novosibirsk chemist Oleg Korobeinichev with divulging state secrets, Interfax reported.

"Such a charge has been filed," said Sergei Savchenkov, head of the security service's Novosibirsk regional branch.

He declined further comment because the case is classified.

Korobeinichev, who has ties with U.S. and European research institutes, studies fuels at the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion, part of the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. (MT)

U.S. on South Ossetia

VIENNA, Austria -- The United States on Thursday condemned a recent statement by the leader of Georgia's Moscow-backed breakaway region of South Ossetia that his territory will ask to be recognized as part of Russia.

Julie Finley, U.S. Ambassador to the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said the United States reconfirmed "our unequivocal support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and the peaceful resolution of both the South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts based on that principle."

In comments shown on Russian television Wednesday, South Ossetia leader Eduard Kokoity said he and his supporters intended to lodge a petition with the Russian Constitutional Court "because there are historical documents about Ossetia's status as part of Russia." (AP)

No Baltics Compensation

RIGA, Latvia -- President Vladimir Putin's special envoy to the European Union, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, said Thursday that Russia would never compensate the Baltic countries for damages incurred during the nearly five-decade Soviet occupation of the region.

"I can tell you for sure, Russia is not going to pay for the occupation damage. It is better to forget this discussion if we want our relations to move forward," Yastrzhembsky told reporters after a meeting with Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus. (AP)

Change Your Clocks

Don't forget to set clocks forward by one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday for the start of daylight-saving time.