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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Bank Official Attacked

Andrei Kozlov, first deputy chairman of the Central Bank, was severely wounded Wednesday evening in an attack near the Spartak sports club in northeast Moscow, Interfax reported, citing the police.

Kozlov's driver was killed in the attack. Two unidentified assailants fled the scene. A search was initiated, but police had made no arrests as of 10:30 p.m.

Kozlov was listed as being in critical condition in a local hospital. (MT)

Sappers Head to Lebanon

The military is forming a battalion of 350 to 400 engineers and explosives experts who will be sent to Lebanon to help repair the damage inflicted by Israel's campaign to uproot Hezbollah guerrillas, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Wednesday.

Ivanov said the battalion, which will not include conscripts, will travel to Lebanon in late September or early October, Interfax, Itar-Tass and RIA-Novosti reported. (AP)

Helicopter Crash in Siberia

A helicopter crashed in Siberia on Wednesday, killing three of the four people aboard, an emergency official said.

The MD-600 helicopter crashed about 20 kilometers from Novokuznetsk in the Kemerovo region, Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Yulia Stadnikova said. (AP)

Sivchik Arrested in Minsk

MINSK -- Riot police in Belarus arrested a fugitive veteran opposition activist on Wednesday, police said.

Vyacheslav Sivchik was one of more than 600 demonstrators jailed in March for taking part in protests against President Alexander Lukashenko.

Police said Sivchik was detained for failing to serve his full 10-day prison sentence. While serving the term, Sivchik was admitted to a hospital, but escaped and fled to Ukraine. (Reuters)

Lift-Off for Madonna?

Alexei Mitrofanov, head of the Liberal Democratic Party faction in the State Duma, called Wednesday for deputies to help send Madonna to the International Space Station, Interfax reported.

Mitrofanov said Madonna's trip could be organized in 2008. He asked a Duma committee to study the possibility of helping to send the pop diva into space. (MT)