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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Plane Skids Off Runway

Sheremetyevo Airport shut down for several hours Monday after plane skidded 20 meters off a taxiing lane, an airport spokeswoman said.

None of the 75 passengers and crew was injured.

The Boeing 737, arriving from Rostov-on-Don, landed normally but skidded while taxiing to the gate, spokeswoman Anna Zakharenko said.

She said the wet snow that fell throughout the day was not to blame, and crew error was the suspected cause.

The plane was operated by regional carrier Aeroflot-Don.

All departures and arrivals were suspended, and several international flights were rerouted to other Moscow airports. (AP)

Veshnyakov Headed for Riga

The Federation Council's Foreign Affairs Committee has approved the candidacy of former Central Elections Committee chief Alexander Veshnyakov as the new ambassador to Latvia, the committee's deputy head, Vasily Likhachyov, said Monday.

Veshnyakov, who lost his job as elections chief in March, told the committee that he would use his experience in politics and government service to "defend the interests of Russia" and resolve key issues in Russia's tense relations with Latvia, Likhachyov told Interfax.

Veshnyakov's candidacy will now be sent to the Foreign Ministry, and from there to the presidential administration, Likhachyov said. (MT)

Orange Win in Ukraine

KIEV -- The parties of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko initialed an agreement Monday to form a government and a post-election coalition in the parliament.

The coalition is all but certain to propose that Tymoshenko, head of the largest Orange group in the assembly, be restored to the job to which the president appointed her after taking office.

Endorsement of the coalition took place after officials announced the final results Monday from a parliamentary election giving the two Orange parties a wafer-thin majority of 228 seats -- two more than needed for a majority in the 450-member chamber. (Reuters)

Judge's Car Kills Woman

A traffic police employee is in custody after allegedly killing a woman in a hit and run incident in Volgograd.

The employee, driving an Audi A8 at high speed, ran into a woman on Sunday killing her instantly, a spokesperson for the city traffic police said, RIA-Novosti reported.

"The force of the impact was so strong that the women was torn into pieces and her head was discovered in the abandoned car," the spokesperson said.

The car belonged to the head of the Volgograd Regional Court. The driver was a member of the traffic police, said a spokesman for the Volgograd region press office, the agency reported. (MT)