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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

A Just Russia Candidate

A Just Russia may nominate its own candidate to run in next year's presidential election, Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov, the party's leader, said Friday.

"I cannot rule out the possibility that a candidate will be chosen from our party to run for president," Mironov said at a news conference, adding that he would not be the candidate.

Mironov has repeatedly denied that he has any plans to run for president in 2008.

The party leader said it was also possible that A Just Russia would back one of the other candidates for president. (MT)

Police Post Attacked

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Gunmen killed one officer when they fired on a police post in the North Caucasus, and a bomb went off nearby when other officers came to investigate, the regional Interior Ministry said Saturday.

The overnight attack and blast took place on the outskirts of Tiyrniyauz, a town in the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.

The republic's Interior Ministry said the shooting occurred at a post manned by two policemen near a bridge. When other police arrived to investigate, a homemade bomb exploded under the bridge, but no one was injured in the blast, the ministry said. (AP)

Spain Extradites Suspect

Spain on Friday extradited a Russian citizen who was wanted in connection with the killing of a governor from the gold-rich far eastern region of Magadan.

Alexander Zakharov, a suspect in the 2002 killing of Valentin Tsvetkov, was put on a flight in Madrid by Spanish Interpol agents, reports on state-run television said.

Zakharov and another Russian were arrested in July 2006 in the southern Spanish resort town of Marbella, carrying fake passports. Police later discovered their authentic identity cards in raids at their homes.

Tsvetkov's killing was the first of a governor since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (AP)

Tajiks Home But Still Jailed

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan -- Tajikistan's high court Friday sentenced two former detainees of the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to 17-year sentences for illegal border crossing and other charges, a court judge said.

Mukit Vokhidov and Rukhiddin Sharopov were also found guilty of mercenary activity in Afghanistan, Judge Musammir Urakov said.

Vokhidov and Sharopov were accused of illegally crossing into Afghanistan in 2001 and serving as mercenaries for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, an al-Qaida-connected militant group responsible for several bombings and armed incursions across Central Asia. (AP)