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News in Brief

Chechen War Called Success

Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Sunday that Russia had succeeded in its latest war in Chechnya, defeating separatists and what he called their "emissaries from 50 states."

"We have scored a success in Chechnya," Ivanov said. "The problem has been solved."

Ivanov, speaking before an international audience of defense officials and diplomats at the Munich Conference on Security Policy, underscored the Kremlin's confidence that the second war in Chechnya since the dissolution of the Soviet Union had largely ended, and that the separatists' ranks had been shrunk by military operations and offers of amnesty. (AP)

Georgian Helicopter Crash

TBILISI, Georgia -- A Georgian military helicopter crash-landed Monday, injuring most of the 17 people on board, officials said.

The Soviet-built Mi-8 helicopter made a rough emergency landing in the town of Kutaisi, injuring 15 people, Georgian Defense Ministry spokeswoman Nana Intskirveli said. The victims were hospitalized with injuries that were not life threatening, she said. (AP)

Tajiks Seize Narcotics

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Tajik authorities have seized nearly 200 kilograms of illegal drugs, including 53 kilograms of heroin, the Tajik Interior Ministry said Monday.

Police found the drugs on Sunday in a car that they stopped and searched in the Varzob district near the capital, Dushanbe, ministry spokesman Khudonazar Asoyev said. The driver and his two passengers, all Tajik citizens, were detained, he said. (AP)

Rare Flower Crackdown

Moscow authorities began "Operation Primrose" on Monday to stop the illegal sale of snowdrops and other rare flowers, Interfax reported.

More than 26,000 officers will take part in the operation. Confiscated flowers will be given to children's homes and hospitals, among other places. (MT)

Remains' Value in Doubt

Human remains that were offered for sale on the Internet as the relics of a Russian Orthodox saint were originally exhibited at the Kunstkamera Museum in St. Petersburg, police said Monday, Interfax reported.

The remains were donated to the museum in 1931 and dumped nine years later after it was determined they had no scientific or anthropological value, police said. (MT)

Armenian Resolution

ANKARA, Turkey -- A U.S. congressional resolution that would recognize the World War I era killings of Armenians as genocide would poison ties between strategic allies Turkey and the United States, Turkey's Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul warned Saturday.

"It won't have a fleeting effect. Its results will be deep and lasting," Gul said. He did not elaborate.

The congressional resolution, which was introduced last month, is opposed by U.S. President George W. Bush's administration, but has been supported by the Democratic leadership. (AP)