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News in Brief

EU Human Rights Ruling

The European Court of Human Rights on Thursday found Russian authorities responsible for the presumed death of a Chechen man who disappeared almost seven years ago.

The court ordered Russia to pay 40,000 euros ($54,500) in damages to the family of Ayubkhan Magomadov, who disappeared after being arrested by men in military uniforms in Chechnya, a spokeswoman for human rights watchdog Memorial told Interfax.

The court ruled that Russia violated Magomadov's right to life and right to liberty and security, Interfax reported. (MT)

Georgia Detains 2 Reporters

Georgian authorities detained two journalists from state-run Rossia television in the South Ossetian conflict zone Thursday, saying they lacked visas and accreditation to be in the area, Interfax reported.

Journalist Andrei Chistyakov and cameraman Igor Sturit, from the news program Vesti, were subsequently handed over to the Russian Embassy in Tbilisi, embassy officials told Interfax.

Eduard Kokoity, the pro-Russian leader of the breakaway province of South Ossetia, condemned the detentions, calling it an "unprecedented" move by Georgia.

"This kind of action does not help conduct normal, civilized relations," Kokoity told Interfax. (MT)

Anti-Semitic Vandalsim

The head of a local Jewish charity urged authorities on Thursday to crack down on anti-Semitism after vandals painted swastikas on a fence in front of their office.

"There is a swastika painted in black paint and offensive drawings around the Star of David," Chaim Benyakov said.

Benyakov's charity is part of the international Jewish Agency for Israel, also known as Sokhnut, which promotes Israel among Jewish communities abroad.

"We believe that anti-Semitism is present in Russia, and we expect from the Russian authorities a completely unequivocal condemnation of these things, and for them to combat it," Benyakov said. (Reuters)

Novosibirsk Governor

Novosibirsk Governor Viktor Tolokonsky was confirmed for a third consecutive term Thursday.

Seventy-four of the 87 regional legislators present confirmed Tolokonsky for the post in Thursday's vote, Itar-Tass reported. President Vladimir Putin submitted his candidacy on July 6.

Tolokonsky, 54, has governed the region since 2000 and was last re-elected in 2003.

Under a 2005 law abolishing gubernatorial elections, incumbents must be nominated for a new term by the president and approved by the region's legislature. (MT)

Missile Defense Talks

WASHINGTON -- The United States and Russia plan to meet for technical talks on missile defense sometime at the end of this month, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday.

Washington will host the meeting, which will examine proposals made by President Vladimir Putin in recent meetings with U.S. President George W. Bush. (AP)