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News in Brief

Duma Ratifies Border Deal

The State Duma on Wednesday ratified a border treaty with Latvia that allows Russia to retain a swathe of land contested by Latvian nationalists.

The treaty gives control of the Pytalovo district to Russia, and Latvia gained Abrene, which was seized by the Soviet Union after World War II. Latvian nationalists protested the agreement as a sellout when the Latvian parliament ratified it earlier this year, but supporters hope the deal will help improve often-chilly relations with Russia.

The 357-50 approval vote by the Duma sends the measure to the Federation Council, where it is almost certain to be approved, and then to President Vladimir Putin for signing. (AP)

Yushchenko's 'Red Card'

KIEV -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has accused the government of failing to take seriously the huge task of preparing for the 2012 European football championships, to be staged jointly with Poland.

Yushchenko told the National Security and Defense Council on Tuesday that the government warranted a "red card" for its handling of economic and social issues. Among them, he said, was a failure to oversee the 2012 matches.

Meanwhile, the parliament, sitting in defiance of a dissolution order, started the process Tuesday of stripping top officials of privileges, but Yushchenko ignored their action ahead of Sept. 30 elections. (Reuters)