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News in Brief

Soldiers Killed in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA -- Two soldiers were killed and six wounded in a bombing in Dagestan, authorities said Sunday.

A roadside bomb exploded on the outskirts of Buinaksk on Saturday evening as a team of combat engineers was patrolling the area, regional Interior Ministry spokeswoman Anzhela Martirosova said. Two soldiers died and six others were wounded, two seriously, Martirosova said. (AP)

Ukrainian Lawmaker Barred

KIEV -- The Foreign Ministry said Friday that a Ukrainian lawmaker had been barred from entering the country in response to what was a Ukrainian policy of blacklisting Russian citizens.

Lawmaker Petro Poroshenko, a close ally of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, was denied entry to Russia while trying to travel to St. Petersburg. Ukraine's Foreign Ministry demanded an explanation Wednesday.

"Russia barred Poroshenko from entry in response to the policy of blacklists used by Ukraine regarding Russian citizens," a Foreign Ministry spokesman, Grigory Troyansky, said by telephone.

Yushchenko said Ukraine did not have blacklists. (AP)

4 Years for Pool Collapse

A court on Friday sentenced an engineer to four years in prison in connection with the 2005 collapse of a swimming pool roof in a Ural Mountains town that killed 14 people, a court spokeswoman said.

The Perm Regional Court convicted Alexei Shveltsov of professional negligence leading to the deaths of multiple people, the court secretary said.

Police are searching for one other person who worked with Shveltsov in the engineering firm UralPromExpert in connection with the Dec. 4, 2005, roof collapse in the town of Chusovoi, about 1,200 kilometers east of Moscow. (AP)

Anti-Semitic Attack

The Yekaterinburg Regional Court on Friday sentenced five teenagers to prison terms or juvenile detention for beating a Jewish man at a cemetery and fatally stabbing him with metal cemetery cross, a court official said.

The teenagers were convicted of murder motivated by ethnic hatred. Four were sentenced to prison colony terms ranging from seven to 10 years, court secretary Yekaterina Maslennikova said. One was sentenced to five years in a juvenile detention facility.

Prosecutors said the five, aged 12 to 17, were drunk on Oct. 1, 2005, when they encountered a 21-year-old Jewish man and attacked him. (AP)

Nazarbayev Son-in-Law Out

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev dismissed his son-in-law as a deputy foreign minister Friday, days after he was accused of involvement in the alleged kidnapping of two executives at a bank he controls.

Nazarbayev's press service gave no reasons for stripping Rakhat Aliyev of his ministry post and naming him ambassador to Austria. Aliyev is married to Nazarbayev's eldest daughter.

The wives of the former chairman of Nurbank and his deputy earlier this week accused Aliyev of being involved in an incident on Jan. 18 when the two men were allegedly held for 24 hours in an effort to force them to help take over an office building in Almaty. (AP)

Abkhazia Severs All Ties

SUKHUMI, Georgia -- The breakaway region of Abkhazia severed all contacts with the Georgian central government Friday, its leader said, following the abduction of a local elections chief that Abkhazia blamed on Georgian forces.

"Abkhazia will not hold any dialogue with Georgia" until the election official and another alleged abductee are released, separatist President Sergei Bagapsh said.

His spokesman, Kristian Bzhaniya, said the election official, David Sigua, was seized by armed men in the Gali district on Feb. 3. He said a village chief, Bargebi Fridon, was also abducted. (AP)