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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

2 Children Killed in Crash

Two children were struck and killed by a car Thursday morning while crossing a street on a crosswalk in southwest Moscow.

The two children were walking with their mother on Ulitsa Profsoyuznaya at around 8 a.m. when a female driver slammed her car into them and careened across the center line into an oncoming minibus, TV Center reported.

The children died at the scene from their injuries. The driver was hospitalized with injuries, TVC reported. One of the passengers in the minibus was also injured.

Police said an investigation had been opened.

Moscow drivers are notorious for ignoring pedestrians, even when they are using crosswalks. (MT)

Golubev's Death

London police said Thursday that Yukos co-founder Yury Golubev died of natural causes in his apartment this week.

"A post-mortem on his body at Westminster Public Mortuary confirmed death was by natural causes. The death is treated as non-suspicious," the police said in a statement.

The Russian Embassy said Golubev's body would be flown to Moscow for burial in a few days.

Golubev, a longtime partner of jailed Yukos chief, billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, died on Monday. He was 64. (Bloomberg)

Russian Embassy Fired On

The Foreign Ministry demanded Thursday that Iraqi authorities and U.S-led coalition forces do more to protect Russian diplomatic staff and property in Iraq after the Russian Embassy in Baghdad was sprayed with gunfire.

The Foreign Ministry summoned the Iraqi ambassador and a U.S. Embassy official in Moscow on Thursday to complain after the Wednesday evening shooting, which the ministry said damaged the embassy building. No one was injured in the incident. (AP)

Turkmen Election Vow

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- Turkmenistan's acting president has promised to eradicate drug trafficking from neighboring Afghanistan in his campaign statement for next month's election, government media reported Thursday.

"It's a big problem, and the only lucky thing is that drugs are not produced here, but imported illicitly," Deputy Prime Minister Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov told voters at a meeting in the southern city of Mary that was televised on state television.

He became acting president after longtime leader Saparmurat Niyazov's death on Dec. 21 and is seen as the likely winner of the Feb. 11 election. (AP)

Politician to Visit Belarus

STRASBOURG, France -- A senior member of the Council of Europe said Thursday that he would travel to Belarus later this month to meet government officials and dissidents, on a rare visit by a Western politician to the country.

Dutch Senator Rene van der Linden, who chairs the council's Parliamentary Assembly, will meet Belarussian Foreign Minister Sergei Martynov and the speakers of the lower and upper house of Belarus' parliament during his Jan. 18-20 visit.

He also plans to meet with Alexander Milinkevich and other opposition leaders, NGOs and students. (AP)

Azeri Wins Torture Case

STRASBOURG, France -- An Azeri opposition leader was tortured in police custody after an anti-government rally, Europe's human rights court ruled Thursday, ordering Azerbaijan to pay him 10,000 euros ($13,000) in damages.

Sardar Jalaloglu, secretary-general of the opposition Democratic Party, was detained in October 2003 after riots sparked by the election of Ilham Aliyev to succeed his father as president left one dead and dozens injured. Jalaloglu's party considered the presidential election to be illegitimate. (AP)