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News in Brief

Avalanche Strikes Ski Resort

An avalanche killed a 10-year-old child in a ski resort Sunday, Interfax reported.

Interfax quoted local emergency officials as saying a total of four people had been swept away after the avalanche hit the Krasnaya Polyana resort near the town of Sochi, which is competing to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. (Reuters)

Football Fans Arrested

Police arrested dozens of football fans after fights broke out across the city Saturday between supporters of CSKA and Spartak, RIA-Novosti reported.

Police arrested 64 fans, 49 of whom were drunk, after a fight broke out at Luzhniki Stadium Saturday during the CSKA-Spartak game, a police spokesman told Interfax. CSKA won the game 4-2.

Dozens of other fans were arrested after clashing at metro and train stations throughout the city, metro police told RIA-Novosti. (MT)

Georgian Troops for Iraq

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Sunday that he would send more troops to Iraq to take part in the multinational peacekeeping force.

Georgia has backed U.S. efforts in Iraq and has about 850 troops there.

"We intend to increase our participation in Iraq and offer more help to our American and Iraqi colleagues," Saakashvili said in televised remarks. (Reuters)

Rice, Tymoshenko Meet

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met on Friday with Ukraine's main opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, and discussed energy issues, potential U.S. aid and Ukraine's domestic political situation.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that on the energy issue the two talked about various sources that Ukraine might tap into to meet its needs. It now draws most of its supplies from Russia.

Tymoshenko said she planned to reassure U.S. leaders that the Orange Revolution team, headed by President Viktor Yushchenko, has reunited and will provide tough opposition for the Russian-leaning government of Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko. (AP)

Georgia and Abkhazia Spar

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia on Friday demanded the return of three citizens detained by Abkhaz border guards in the breakaway region in an incident that it said also left one Georgian wounded by gunfire.

Laurens Kogoniya, police chief for the Gali district, confirmed that three people carrying Georgian passports and what he said were instructions for how to behave while in Abkhazia had been arrested Thursday.

Georgia's Interior Ministry, meanwhile, accused armed Abkhaz agents of firing on a group of people from an unspecified nongovernmental organization and Georgian media while in the district, which is mainly populated by ethnic Georgians. It said one person was lightly wounded by gunfire. (AP)

Russian Dies in Bus Blast

ALGIERS, Algeria -- A bus hit two land mines Saturday night about 145 kilometers west of Algiers, El Khabar newspaper reported. The explosions left three Algerians and one Russian dead, as well as five others wounded, authorities said.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement from Moscow that a Russian and three Algerians had been killed, and that three others -- a Russian and two Ukrainians -- were wounded.

The victims worked for the Russian company Stroitransgaz, which is building a gas pipeline in the area, the ministry said. The government said the bus was being accompanied by Algerian security officers, but it was unknown whether any of them were caught in the explosions. (AP)

Abkhaz Head to Polls

SUKHUMI, Georgia -- Abkhazia voted Sunday in a parliamentary election that Tbilisi condemned as illegal.

Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh, speaking after casting his ballot here, said the election, in which candidates from more than a dozen parties took part, was part of the nation's independence drive.

Georgia condemned the election. "We think this election is not legitimate," said Giga Bokeria, a parliamentary deputy and a close ally of Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. (Reuters)

Salmonella in Krasnoyarsk

The number of people diagnosed with salmonella-poisoning after eating tainted food at a governor's reception in Krasnoyarsk reached 150, Krasnoyarsk Governor Sergei Sokol said Sunday, Interfax reported.

An estimated 1,500 people attended the annual ball March 1 and subsequently became ill -- presumably after ingesting salmonella-tainted sandwiches, RIA-Novosti reported Sunday.

Regional prosecutors have opened a criminal negligence case, though victims are recovering and not in any serious danger, RIA-Novosti reported. (MT)