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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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U.S. Student Attacked

A 26-year-old U.S. student was in a Moscow hospital Thursday after being beaten up and robbed of his cell phone near his rented apartment.

The unidentified student from the People's Friendship University was attacked in the entryway to his apartment building on Nagatinskaya Naberezhnaya, near the Kolomenskaya metro station, a city law enforcement source told Interfax. The assailant punched him in the face and fled with his phone.

The student was hospitalized with facial injures, the report said. (MT)

Putin Criticizes Baltic States

President Vladimir Putin said the European Union was ignoring Estonian and Latvian moves to glorify Nazism.

Putin, speaking in the Kremlin to members of the European Jewish Congress late Wednesday, said he was shocked by an annual Waffen SS parade that took place in Latvia in March.

"Some facts we confront in some countries in Eastern Europe provoke open astonishment and incomprehension," Putin said in televised remarks.

"The activities of the Latvian and Estonian authorities openly connive to glorify the Nazis and their accomplices. But these facts remain unnoticed by the European Union," Putin said.

In 2006, Latvian officials banned an annual march commemorating the Latvian Waffen SS Volunteer Legion's fight against the Red Army, although activists marched anyway. (Reuters)

No Nagorno-Karabakh Deal

BRUSSELS -- Armenia and Azerbaijan are unlikely to agree on principles for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute before an Armenian presidential election next year, Armenian President Robert Kocharyan said.

Speaking after talks Wednesday with EU officials in Brussels, Kocharyan, who cannot run in the election, said Armenia and Azerbaijan had come a long way toward reaching agreements on a number of issues.

"It is unlikely [the situation] will come to such a settlement on principles before the presidential election," he said. (Reuters)