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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

Sub Missile Crosses Country

A Russian nuclear submarine successfully test fired a ballistic missile across Russia from the Pacific Ocean to a testing range in the Barents Sea, a Navy spokesman said Tuesday.

"A ballistic missile was launched today for testing purposes," the spokesman said by telephone.

An atomic submarine in the Pacific Ocean fired the missile, which came down at the Chizha testing range on the Novaya Zemlya island in the Barents Sea, he said. (Reuters)

Moscow Warns Tehran

VIENNA -- In a new blow to Iran's nuclear ambitions, Moscow has warned Tehran that it will not deliver fuel to a nearly completed Russian-built nuclear reactor unless Iran lifts the veil of secrecy on suspicious past atomic activities, a European diplomat said Tuesday.

Separately, a U.S. official said Russia was not meeting commitments that would allow Iran to activate the Bushehr nuclear reactor and suggested the delays were an attempt to pressure Tehran into showing more compliance with United Nations Security Council demands. (AP)

Return of the Orange Team

KIEV -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko on Tuesday praised the newfound unity of backers of the Orange Revolution that swept him to power and called for a drive to victory in next month's parliamentary election.

The liberals' chances were boosted by an alliance between the president's Our Ukraine party and that of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Tymoshenko's bloc is "advancing alongside us, shoulder to shoulder," Yushchenko said. "Our common victory depends on how we help each other and how we coordinate our work." (AP)

Kiev Signs Tribunal Deal

THE HAGUE -- Ukraine signed an agreement Tuesday with the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal to incarcerate convicted criminals, the first country outside Western Europe to offer its prisons to the United Nations court.

The tribunal said Ukraine became the 12th country to sign an enforcement agreement. The court was established in 1993 to prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia and the 1999 Kosovo war. (AP)

Moldvan Mayor Murdered

CHISINAU, Moldova -- A mayor from a town just south of the Moldovan capital has been found dead, his body dumped in a well, a party leader and police said.

The body of Andrei Buzu, 44, was found Saturday in a well near his house in the town of Drasliceni, police said Monday. Police called the slaying "murder," but offered no details.

Busu had discovered fraud and embezzlement, said Stefan Secareanu, deputy leader of the opposition Popular Christian Democratic Party, of which Buzu was a member. (AP)

Not Blind Drunk, but Blind

TALLINN, Estonia -- Police in Estonia stopped a man who was driving erratically over the weekend, only to find he was blind.

The 20-year-old was driving in the southern city of Tartu early Sunday -- helped by instructions from his 16-year-old passenger.

"At first they thought he was just drunk, but the man kept missing the tube for the breath test, then they realized he was blind" and arrested him, Tartu police spokeswoman Marge Kohtla said. (Reuters)