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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Abkhaz Clash Kills One



TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian and Abkhaz border guards clashed along the boundary dividing Abkhaz-controlled territory from the rest of Georgia, in a gunfight that killed an Abkhaz customs officer, Georgian police said Thursday.

The skirmish Wednesday was the second bout of violence to break out between the sides in the past month.

Georgia's Interior Ministry said border guards tried to prevent an Abkhaz man from driving what they said was a stolen vehicle into Abkhazia, a region that broke away from Georgian government control in a war in the early 1990s.

An Abkhaz customs official, who the ministry said was waiting to meet the driver of the stolen vehicle, opened fire on the Georgian guards, who then shot back. The Abkhaz customs agent was killed, and the driver of the vehicle arrested, the ministry said. (AP)




Underage Sex Charges



PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- A Russian businessman has been arrested and charged with having sex with at least six girls in Cambodia, officials said Thursday.

Alexander Trofimov, chairman of Koh Puos Investment, was arrested Wednesday at Cambodia's coastal city of Sihanoukville, said Bit Kimhong, director of the Cambodian Interior Ministry's anti-human-trafficking department.

He said Trofimov, 41, was arrested on charges of debauchery, a Cambodian legal term for sexual abuse of children that is punishable by 10 to 20 years in jail.

In September 2006, Trofimov's company received permission from the Cambodian government to develop Koh Puos, or Snake Island, into a tourist resort with an initial investment of up to $300 million. (AP)




Anti-Drug Officer Arrested



Moscow's Basmanny District Court on Thursday sanctioned the arrest of former Federal Drug Control Service officer Alexander Gusev on suspicion of organizing illegal wiretaps, Interfax reported Thursday.

Gusev is one of several current and former drug police officers suspected of involvement in illegal wiretaps.

The court placed him placed under arrest at the request of investigators, a source close to the investigation told Interfax.

One of the officers charged in the case is senior drug police officer Alexander Bulbov, whose Oct. 1 arrest prompted Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Cherkesov to go public with what he called a bitter conflict between the country's security agencies. (MT)




Estonia Charges 4 in Riots



TALLINN, Estonia -- Estonian prosecutors on Thursday filed charges against four activists accused of organizing street violence in April that killed one person and led to the arrest of nearly 1,000 people.

Prosecutor Laura Vaik said those accused -- Dmitry Klensky, 61, Dmitry Linter, 33, Maxim Reva, 32, and Mark Sirok, 18 -- began planning the riots in mid-2006 with backing from Moscow.

Klensky, Linter and Reva were leaders of an informal organization created last year to prevent the relocation of a Soviet war memorial. Sirok heads the Estonian branch of the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi. (AP)




34 Skeletons From 1800s



Thirty-four skeletons found under a Moscow mansion between Red Square and the FSB headquarters date back to the 19th century, the City Prosecutor's Office said Thursday.

Police earlier said the skeletons probably belonged to people killed during Stalin's rule in the 1930s. (Reuters)