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2 Suspected Militants Killed

MAKHACHKALA -- Police in Dagestan on Wednesday stormed a house where gunmen had holed up, killing two suspected militants, a police commander said.

Two other suspected militants surrendered before police moved in on the home on the outskirts of Makhachkala, and one police officer was wounded in the eye in an exchange of gunfire, said Magomed Bachilov, the commander of an elite Interior Ministry unit.

Police surrounded the home in the village of Tyube and demanded the surrender of four suspected militants they had learned were hold up inside, Bachilov said. Two men surrendered, while two others refused, he said. (AP)

Authorities Contain Bird Flu

Authorities have cleared up outbreaks of the pathogenic H5N1 strain of bird flu, which is potentially dangerous to humans, in two areas of the country but expect more cases this year, a veterinary official said Wednesday.

"It is evident now that the Moscow incident is over," said Nikolai Vlasov, head of the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service.

"In the Krasnodar region the virus has been isolated at two backyard farms, and veterinary services did not let it out," he said. (Reuters)

Belarus Officials Sanctioned

WASHINGTON -- The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush on Tuesday imposed financial sanctions on six members of the Belarus government to step up pressure over what it calls a fraudulent presidential election last March.

The executive order, announced by the U.S. Treasury Department, follows sanctions in June 2006 against President Alexander Lukashenko and nine other top government officials. (Reuters)