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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Attempt on Minister's Life

NALCHIK -- Ingushetia's health minister escaped unhurt after attackers raked his car with gunfire Thursday, officials said.

The attack on Magomet Aliskhanov happened around 12 p.m. in the region's largest city, Maikop, and officials were searching for the assailants, said Interior Ministry spokesman Nazir Yevloyev. No one was hurt.

Ingushetia's chief prosecutor blamed the attack on Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev. (AP)

Suspected Rebel Killed

A suspected rebel died while resisting arrest in Chechnya, the regional Interior Ministry said.

The incident happened Wednesday at a gas station outside Grozny when a police officer shot the man dead after coming under fire as he tried to detain him, the ministry said. (AP)

Talk About Myanmar at UN

UNITED NATIONS -- The United States said it plans to pursue a UN resolution underscoring international concern about Myanmar but Russia, China and Japan immediately objected to putting the repressive military-run country on the Security Council agenda.

The strong opposition from Moscow and Beijing -- who have veto power in the council -- makes it highly unlikely that any resolution on Myanmar will be adopted. (AP)

100 Rally for Khodorkovsky

About 100 people rallied on Pushkin Square on the anniversary of Mikhail Khodorkovsky's conviction, criticizing President Vladimir Putin and supporting the oil tycoon, who is serving an eight-year prison sentence after a politically charged trial.

Demonstrators stood in the rain Wednesday, holding posters with pictures of Khodorkovsky and slogans denouncing the justice system as an instrument for imposing the Kremlin's will. "I'll trade Putin for Khodorkovsky," one poster read. (AP)

The Minsk Theme Park

SHANGHAI -- The Minsk, a Soviet-built aircraft carrier turned theme park, has been sold to a state-owned Chinese company for 128 million yuan ($16 million) and will continue to operate as an amusement park, the buyers said Thursday.

The Minsk was put up for sale earlier this year after the company that first bought it and turned it into a floating theme park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen went bankrupt. An auction in March was called off when none of the three bidders participating offered the minimum required bid. (AP)

Kadyrov Offers Surname

GROZNY -- Chechen Prime Minister Ramzan Kadyrov suggested Thursday that orphans take his surname.

"I am saying with all my responsibility that those who wish to take the family name will become like brothers and sisters to me and I will help them as if they were members of my own family," Kadyrov said during a visit to an orphanage in Grozny.

But he said "this does not mean that I will care less about those who wish to retain their own family name."

His comments appeared aimed at burnishing his image as a man of the people, and it was unclear whether any benefits would ensue for orphans who take the Kadyrov name. (AP)