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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

New Times Editor Resigns



Raf Shakirov resigned as editor of The New Times weekly magazine, Interfax reported Sunday.

The magazine's owner, television businesswoman Irena Lesnevskaya will take over the position, the agency said.

Lesnevskaya told Interfax that Shakirov's departure was motivated by differences over their vision for the future of the magazine.

"Shakirov wants to see it addressing more business issues and targeted toward the elite, and that is not of much interest to me," Lesnevskaya said. (MT)




Boy Hits Man With Truck



A 6-year-old boy driving a KamAZ truck, hit a pedestrian in the Primorye region, in the Far East, Interfax reported Friday.

Local traffic police said the boy was given the wheel by his father, a 26-year-old worker from a local plant, on a busy highway in the region, but the boy lost control of the vehicle and hit a pedestrian.

The pedestrian was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was diagnosed with concussion. The boy suffered head injuries, while his father was not injured. (MT)




Kadyrov Visits Saudi Arabia



Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov flew to Saudi Arabia on an official visit Friday night, Interfax reported.

He was accompanied by the head mufti of Chechnya, Sultan Mirzayev, and members of the Chechen government.

"I will tell the king of Saudi Arabia about the positive changes that are taking place in the republic of Chechnya, as well as the overall situation at present in the region," Kadyrov was quoted as saying by Interfax.

"I will also make an umrah to the city of Mecca, which is holy to Muslims," Kadyrov added, referring to a voluntary pilgrimage to Mecca. (MT)




Mystery Find at Nuke Plant



VILNIUS, Lithuania -- Lithuanian police said Saturday that they were investigating several metal cylinders found leaking an unidentified powder in a sensitive zone near the country's nuclear power plant.

The cylinders were found in a forest about seven kilometers from the Ignalina nuclear plant Lithuania.

"It is not radioactive, but its origin is still unclear," said a police officer for the district of Zarasai, in whose territory the powder was found.

"The samples are going to be examined at the laboratory of the environmental protection agency," he said.

"We are guarding the site and waiting for the results of examination," the officer added. (Reuters)




Turkmen Leader Pardons 11



ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan -- Turkmenistan's president pardoned 11 people convicted of involvement in attempting to assassinate his autocratic predecessor, government-run media reported Friday.

The pardon is in line with moves by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov to reverse or soften some of the hard-line policies of Saparmurat Niyazov. Niyazov ruled for nearly two decades before his death in December, turning the country into one of the world's most isolated societies.

The pardon appeared to cast doubt on the previous official account of the November 2002 assassination attempt, after which Niyazov, who escaped the alleged attack unharmed, cracked down on political opponents. (AP)