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News in Brief

Teen Jailed for Kidnapping

A 15-year-old girl was sentenced to three years in prison by a Moscow court Tuesday for abducting a 9-month-old boy in April, RIA-Novosti reported.

The teen, who was not identified, got acquainted with the boy's mother in Kazansky Station's waiting hall and disappeared after persuading the woman to allow her to take the baby for a walk. The girl was detained by police three days later as she was begging with the child in the Moscow metro.

The court determined that the girl had kidnapped the baby at the request of an acquaintance, a native of North Ossetia, who wanted to adopt a child, RIA-Novosti said. (MT)

Kondopoga Cafe Plans

The site of the Kondopoga cafe where a deadly brawl sparked ethnic riots last year will be developed into a youth cultural center, Channel One television reported Tuesday.

A fight broke out at the Chaika cafe in August 2006 when two diners attacked and beat an Azeri bartender. The bartender told his employer, who in turn summoned a group of knife-wielding natives of Chechnya who attacked diners, killing two ethnic Russians.

After the brawl, people armed with Molotov cocktails torched businesses owned by natives of the Caucasus.

The Kondopoga City Court, meanwhile, opened hearings Tuesday into the cases of 12 people charged with taking part in the riots. (MT)

Cockpit Window Cracks

PRAGUE -- A Moscow-bound plane operated by the Czech Republic's state-run airline, CSA, returned to Prague because of a crack in a cockpit window, an official said Tuesday.

The Airbus A320, which was carrying 126 passengers, returned to Prague shortly after taking off Monday afternoon and landed safely, CSA spokeswoman Daniela Hupakova said.

The passengers boarded another plane several hours later. (AP)

No Detainees in Train Blast

Novgorod regional prosecutors denied Tuesday that any suspects had been detained in connection with last week's bombing of a Moscow-St. Petersburg train, Itar-Tass reported.

News reports said Monday that two suspected St. Petersburg anarchists, Andrei Kalenov and Denis Zelenyuk, had been held in connection with the blast. Kalenov dug up World War II weapons in old battlefields in the Novgorod region as a hobby, and a cache of explosives was found in his St. Petersburg apartment, the reports said.

An explosion derailed the train in the Novgorod region Aug. 13, injuring 27 people. (MT)

Kazakhstan Pressed on Vote

The European Union and the United States are urging Kazakhstan to introduce reforms to bring its electoral laws in line with international democratic standards, after a vote that gave all available parliamentary seats to the party of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The EU said in a statement late Monday that it was willing to help Kazakhstan meet commitments to improve its electoral procedures.

A U.S. State Department spokesman said the 7 percent barrier needed to win seats was too high. (AP)