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News in Brief

11 Missing Declared Dead

KIEV -- Industrial safety workers on Monday declared dead 11 miners missing after a coal-mine methane blast, bringing the death toll in Ukraine's worst mining disaster since the Soviet collapse to 100.

Fires have continued to burn hundreds of meters underground in the Zasyadko mine in eastern Ukraine, blocking efforts to find the last miners. Experts say preliminary information shows the Nov. 18 explosion was caused by defective electrical equipment.

"Experts came to the conclusion that no one could survive inside the mine under such temperatures," said Maryna Nikitina, a spokeswoman for the Industry Safety Authority.

Zasyadko, one of the country's biggest and best-known mines, has been the site of repeated accidents in the past decade. (AP)

Bus Crash Injures Tourists

Sixteen tourists from Russia and Ukraine were injured, four seriously, when their bus overturned on a desert road in Egypt's northern Sinai, an Egyptian Interior Ministry spokesman said Monday.

The injured tourists are in stable condition, said the official, who asked not to be identified under ministry policy. The serious cases have been transferred to Suez city, he said.

The tourists were traveling from the Red Sea resort of Taba toward Cairo when the bus left the road and crashed, the official said.

Around 6,000 people die in traffic accidents every year in Egypt, according to police figures.

Egypt is a popular tourist destination for Russians and Ukrainians. (Bloomberg)

Prominent Dagestani Killed

MAKHACHKALA, Dagestan -- A prominent Dagestani figure and his wife were found shot dead in their home in Makhachkala Monday, police said.

The deaths of Nariman Aliyev and his wife came after a regional Yabloko candidate in Sunday's State Elections was fatally shot in the Dagestani capital.

Aliyev, who long headed a state farm and was prominent in the winemaking business, was a former lawmaker and a member of Dagestan's Public Chamber, a body that consults with the government on policy. (AP)

Navy's Norway Visits Rise

OSLO -- Norway has seen increased Russian naval activity off its coast, paralleling higher activity by its air force and another sign of the Kremlin's greater military assertiveness, a senior Norwegian defense official said.

"We have seen an increase in Russian maritime activity," Norwegian Deputy Defense Minister Espen Barth Eide said. "We do not think this in any way is directed against us as such but is part of the overtly stated policy in Russia to continue to show their great power role. There has not been any violation of borders. These are open waters, and anyone is free to sail or fly there." (Reuters)

Border Guards Seize Turtles

Border guards have confiscated more than 500 turtles found on a Moscow-bound train from Uzbekistan, the Federal Security Service said Monday.

The guards found 525 turtles in two bags left in separate carriages on the Tashkent-Moscow train, an FSB spokesman told Interfax.

It was unclear what the turtles were doing in the train, though there have been contraband turtle problems.

In one notable case, customs officials in May 1999 seized 1,000 turtles being taken from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad into Poland to be sold for their meat and shells. (MT)