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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

No Flights to Georgia

TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgia and Russia have not resumed passenger flights cut last fall between Tbilisi and Moscow, a Russian diplomat said Thursday, despite previous assurances that the problem was just a temporary hitch.

Russia cut air, sea and postal links last October amid a spying dispute that brought Moscow's ties with pro-Western Tbilisi to an all-time low.

Russia had earlier banned imports of Georgian wine and mineral water.

Russian and Georgian officials said in late June they had agreed to resume charter flights in July or possibly in August.

But in July Russia denied clearance to a jet to fly the first regular passenger service, calling it a temporary move. (Reuters)

Request for Reconsideration

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a resolution Wednesday urging President Vladimir Putin to reconsider suspending Russia's participation in a treaty limiting the deployment of military forces in Europe.

On July 14, Putin announced that he would suspend Russia's participation in the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe after 150 days.

The treaty, signed in 1990, limits tanks, aircraft and other heavy non-nuclear weapons around the continent.

Russia has complained that NATO nations have not ratified an amended version, which was signed in 1999, to reflect changes since the 1991 Soviet collapse. (AP)

Fumes Kill 5 Workers

Five workers were killed by poisonous fumes from sewage while working in a manhole in the Nizhny Novgorod region, Interfax said Thursday.

The men had been hired by a landlord in the village of Gagino to clean up a sewage pipe in his house, Interfax reported.

Deadly gas emanating from decomposed human waste poisoned the workers while they were cleaning the pipe in the manhole Wednesday, the Interior Ministry's regional branch said. (MT)

Domodedovo Goes Polyglot

In a move to make life easier for foreigners, Domodedovo Airport will try to make announcements for travelers in their native languages, Itar-Tass reported Thursday.

International flight announcements will be spoken in the language of any airliner's country of origin, the airport's press service told Itar-Tass.

Announcements will be made in around 20 languages, including Hindi, Uzbek and Azeri, the agency reported. (MT)

Kasparov to Help Donskoi?

Former world chess champion and opposition leader Garry Kasparov is prepared to defend Arkhangelsk Mayor Alexander Donskoi in court should Donskoi need assistance, reported Thursday.

Kasprarov believes the case against Donskoi is politically motivated, reported.

Donskoi was arrested last month and charged with abuse of office on allegations of embezzlement to pay for bodyguards for himself and his family. (MT)

Tram Decapitates Pedestrian

A pedestrian was decapitated by a tram in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil, Interfax reported Thursday.

The elderly man, who was between the ages of 50 and 65, was killed on the spot after the accelerating tram struck him and severed his head from his body, Sverdlovsk regional traffic police told Interfax. (MT)