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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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70,000 Young Alcoholics



There are about 70,000 juvenile alcoholics in Russia, a senior police official said Friday.

About 80 percent of juveniles apprehended for drinking alcohol live in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod and other major cities, said Mikhail Artamoshkin of the Interior Ministry's public safety department, Interfax reported.

Many of the juvenile drinkers come from troubled homes. Police register about 160,000 juveniles who have run away from home each year, Artamoshkin said. Some 60,000 children fall victim to violence at the hands of adults each year, he said. (MT)




2 Injured in South Ossetia



TBILISI, Georgia -- Gunfights and shelling in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia wounded at least two people, officials said Sunday.

The violence took place a day after South Ossetian authorities blockaded ethnic Georgian villages in the province and demanded that the central government withdraw its Interior Ministry security forces. (AP)




3 Killed in Dagestani Clash



MAKHACHKALA -- Police clashed with militants holed up in a building in Dagestan, killing at least three, law enforcement and emergency officials said Sunday. At least two police officers were also wounded.

Gunfire broke out late Saturday not long after police surrounded the building in Khasavyurt, near the border with Chechnya, Dagestani Interior Ministry spokeswoman Angela Martirosova said.

Fighting stopped overnight, but new gunfire broke out from a neighboring building Sunday morning as police tried to storm the first building.

Federal emergency and regional police officials said that at least three militants wanted for planning terrorist attacks in Dagestan were killed. (AP)




Call on Uzbek Sanctions



TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- An international media rights watchdog urged the European Union on Friday to maintain sanctions against Uzbekistan that were imposed after a bloody crackdown on an uprising in 2005.

In an appeal days before the second anniversary of the May 13 violence in Andijan, Reporters Without Borders said the European Council should retain sanctions when they come up for review Monday -- unless the Uzbek government guarantees respect for human rights and ends persecution of government critics. (AP)




Court Rules Against Tsar



The Moscow City Court on Friday denied a request by descendants of Tsar Nicholas II to have the monarch and the royal family declared victims of political repression.

The decision is the second time that the court has ruled on the matter of whether to "rehabilitate" the tsar and his family.

The court upheld a Tverskoi District Court ruling that refused to order prosecutors to reclassify the royal family's status, but it agreed with the lower court that prosecutors must again consider the appeal from the royal descendants. (AP)




Cargo Ship Lifts Off



An unmanned cargo ship carrying 2.5 tons of supplies, equipment and gifts blasted off Saturday en route to the international space station, officials said.

The Progress M-60, mounted atop a Soyuz-U booster rocket, lifted off as scheduled at 7:25 a.m. from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The ship is scheduled to moor at the orbiting outpost Tuesday. (AP)