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7 Die in Kyrgyzstan Crash

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- At least seven people died and dozens were injured in Kyrgyzstan on Monday when a bus loaded with tourists collided with a car near an alpine lake resort, the emergencies ministry said.

The crash occurred near Issyk-Kul, the world's second biggest alpine lake revered in Kyrgyzstan as a national symbol, when a bus loaded with 53 tourists collided with a car.

Regional emergencies ministry chief, Arstan Momokulov, said all the dead were tourists from neighboring Kazakhstan. (Reuters)

Green Cops Padding Stats

Two environmental police officers have been charged with abuse of office after they made up crime reports and even paid the fines themselves in order to improve their performance figures, city prosecutors said in a statement on its web site on Monday.

The defendants, identified as Sergei U. and Natalya S., have been charged with abuse of office for purportedly writing 94 fake reports of offenses committed by nonexistent and real Muscovites. (MT)

3 Police Killed in Chechnya

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Unidentified assailants shot dead three police officers in Chechnya, a local Interior Ministry official said Monday.

The bullet-riddled bodies of three officers who were guarding an Interior Ministry trailer were found on a collective farm early Monday, the official said on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media.

The assailants made off with the officers' guns, he said. (AP)

Cuban Aircraft Crisis?

Russia may send military aircraft back to bases in Cuba in response to U.S. plans to deploy elements of a missile-defense system in Europe, Izvestia reported Monday, citing an unidentified "highly placed source."

Both the supersonic Tu-160, a nuclear bomber known as "White Swan," and the strategic bomber Tu-95, known to NATO as the "Bear," are capable of flying as far as Cuba, the paper said.

"There are such discussions, but they're only discussions," Izvestia cited a "highly placed" source on the staff of the Air Force's long-distance strategic aviation command as saying. (Bloomberg)

Veterans to Get New Wheels

Each of the country's surviving World War II veterans will receive a car or monetary compensation by end of next year, Interfax reported, citing an official in the State Duma's Veterans' Affairs Committee.

Disabled World War II veterans and disabled former prisoners in concentration camps and ghettos created by either Nazi Germany or its allies are among those who will receive the cars or money compensation this year, the official said. (MT)