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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Storm Kills 3



A fierce storm swept across Urals and Volga River regions over the weekend, killing three people and injuring 52, including three children, RIA-Novosti reported Sunday.

The storm, which started Friday afternoon, saw wind gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour that knocked down electricity lines, tore off roofs and uprooted trees, the report said.

Two people died in the Chelyabinsk region and one in Bashkortostan. Fifteen people were hospitalized. Tatarstan and Mordovia were also affected. (MT)




9 Die in House Fire



A fire tore through a house in Bashkortostan early Sunday, killing nine people, including four children, emergency officials said.

The adult victims were drunk and neglected safety, leading to the high death toll, said Yevgeny Gerbin, spokesman for the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry. The cause of the fire was not known. (AP)




Footballer Named Senator



Former football player Dmitry Alenichev has been named senator to the Federation Council.

Alenichev will represent Omsk in the chamber after the region's legislature approved his candidacy Thursday. He had been nominated by United Russia.

Alenichev, a former Spartak Moscow captain, won the Champions League and the UEFA Cup while playing for Portuguese side Porto. He retired from football last year. (MT)




Flight Attendant Jailed



A court in the Norwegian city of Tromso has sentenced a Russian flight attendant to 60 days in prison for being drunk on duty during an April flight from Murmansk, Interfax reported Friday.

The unidentified, 37-year-old woman was detained when the flight arrived in Norway, and the return flight was delayed by two days as police investigated a passenger's complaint about her behavior, the report said.

The airline was not identified. (MT)




Space Computers Fixed



HOUSTON -- Balky computers on the international space station were fully revived over the weekend, but crewmembers admitted the problem had worried them and served as a reminder that spaceflight is dangerous.

Station commander Fyodor Yurchikin and flight engineer Oleg Kotov on Saturday rewired the bank of computers to bypass a power outlet that NASA and Russian space officials believe may have caused them to crash last Monday.

The computers, which are German-made and use Russian software, are critical because they keep the space station properly positioned for solar power generation and communications. (Reuters)




For the Record



A passenger train rammed into the back of a cargo train in the Voronezh region on Sunday, injuring 32 people, including two children, emergency officials said. The cause of the crash was under investigation. (AP)

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev, who was diagnosed with poisoning last month in what he called an assassination attempt, is undergoing treatment in Turkey and "feeling well," his office said late last week. (AP)

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Friday refused to rule out running for a new term after 2012, saying the decision would depend on his health and public opinion. (AP)