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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Military Service Shortened

President Vladimir Putin issued a decree Monday that cuts the length of compulsory military service to 12 months starting in 2008, Interfax reported.

During a transition period this year, university graduates conscripted into the military will serve 12 months, while those without degrees will serve 18 months. (MT)

Fire Kills 5 Near Moscow

Fire ravaged two private homes in the town of Balaskhikha, Moscow region on Monday, killing five people, a local Emergency Situations Ministry official told Interfax.

Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation to determine the cause of the fire, which killed the owner of one of the houses and four guests from Ukraine. (MT)

15 Fishermen Rescued

15 fishermen who were drifting on ice floes in the Sea of Okhotsk were rescued Monday, news agency reported.

The fishermen ignored warnings that the ice was getting thin and went fishing Monday morning. The ice floe they were standing on broke away and drifted into open water. (MT)

Freighter and Yacht Collide

ANKARA, Turkey -- A Russian-flagged freighter went adrift in Istanbul's busy Bosporus strait on Monday after developing a rudder problem and hit and sank a yacht moored at the shore. No one was reported hurt.

The Glorius, carrying wheat from Russia to Tunisia, collided with the yacht near Istanbul's posh Bebek neighborhood, which is lined with restaurants and cafes, Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency reported. (AP)

Tallinn Statue Should Stay

TALLINN, Estonia -- A plurality of Estonians opposes plans to move a disputed Soviet war monument in Tallinn, according to a poll released Monday.

The survey commissioned by newspaper Eesti Paevaleht found that 44 percent of respondents wanted the so-called Bronze Soldier to remain where it was, while 38 percent supported the government's plans to remove it. The remaining 18 percent were undecided. (AP)

U.S. Offers Family $2,000

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- The U.S. military has offered about $2,000 in compensation to the family of a Kyrgyz civilian who was shot dead by a U.S. serviceman, the family's lawyer said Monday, calling the sum "humiliating."

The incident occurred in December when truck driver Alexander Ivanov was going through a security check at the entrance to the U.S. Manas Air Base near Bishkek. The U.S. military has said Ivanov was fired at after he threatened the U.S. serviceman with a knife. (AP)