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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Uzbeks' Extraditions Halted

The Prosecutor General's Office on Tuesday ordered a halt to the extradition of 13 Uzbek refugees to face terrorism charges in connection with last year's uprising in Andijan.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that it had decided to halt the process, pending more investigation, in response to an appeal made to the European Court for Human Rights. The statement did not say who filed the appeal.

Also Tuesday, an Uzbek government-backed expert accused the United Nations refugee agency of sheltering terrorists, in what appeared to be an official response to the agency's criticism of Kyrgyzstan's decision to extradite five Uzbek refugees. (AP)

Builders Go to Hospital

Seventy-three builders were admitted to the hospital with food-poisoning symptoms Tuesday, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Six of the builders, who were working on the construction site of the demolished Intourist Hotel on Tverskaya Ulitsa, were in critical condition, Interfax reported.

The Emergency Situations Ministry said several builders working at sites on Ulitsa Nikolo-Yamskaya, near the Taganskaya metro station, and Beregovoi Proezd, west of the center, had also been admitted with similar symptoms.

An investigation has been opened. (MT)

South Ossetia Passports

Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia began issuing passports bearing its own state symbol on Tuesday, Interfax reported.

The unrecognized government said on its web site that "everyone who considers himself a citizen of the republic of South Ossetia will receive a passport," Interfax reported.

About 98 percent of South Ossetian residents are believed to hold Russian passports. (MT)

Tbilisi OKs Observers

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian officials said Tuesday that they were ready to accept international observers in the Kodori Gorge, but demanded that Russians not be among them.

"We don't think they have an objective approach," Minister of Conflict Resolution Merab Antadze said after a meeting of top officials to discuss the situation in the Kodori Gorge. The gorge is part of Abkhazia, a region in northwestern Georgia that is largely under control of an internationally unrecognized separatist government. (AP)