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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Drug Police Were Poisoned

The Federal Drug Control Service confirmed Wednesday that two officers found dead Saturday in St. Petersburg were poisoned, Interfax reported.

"Poison was present, but an investigation and more tests are needed to determine its nature," agency spokesman Alexander Mikhailov told reporters, Interfax said.

The agency does not believe the deaths of officers Konstantin Druzenko and Sergei Lomako were connected to their duties, Mikhailov said. (MT)

Schools Ban Halloween

City schools were ordered to ban students from celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, despite the widespread popularity of the imported holiday.

Halloween is being forced underground because it "includes religious elements, the cult of death, the mockery of death," Alexander Gavrilov, a spokesman for City Hall's education department, said Wednesday.

He described the holiday as "destructive for the minds and the spiritual and moral health of pupils." (Reuters)

Lavrov Leaves Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran -- Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov left Tehran on Wednesday, the official Iranian news agency IRNA said, after fresh talks with Iranian leaders on Iran's nuclear plans.

IRNA provided no details on Lavrov's discussions Tuesday with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

Lavrov's visit came ahead of a meeting this week of major powers to discuss possible new UN sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear plans. (Reuters)