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News in Brief

NATO Trains in Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia -- Hundreds of military personnel from NATO and former Soviet bloc nations were in Armenia on Monday for a NATO-organized training exercise.

The drill is focusing on a theoretical humanitarian crisis and is designed to help NATO members better work with nonalliance countries, U.S. Lieutenant General John Gardner said.

The three-week drill involving 17 countries comes weeks after neighboring Georgia fought a brief war with Russia over the status of two Georgian breakaway regions.

Neither Russia nor Georgia sent representatives to the drill, which began Monday. (AP)

EU Awaits Russia in Chad

BRUSSELS -- The commander of European Union peacekeeping troops in Chad said Monday that he hopes that Russian helicopters will be in place to support the mission in early November despite the cooling of relations over Georgia.

General Patrick Nash told reporters that military-level talks about the four Russian transport helicopters joining the mission were at an advanced stage and had not been affected by tension over Georgia. The EU criticized Russia's invasion of Georgia last month and its recognition of independence for separatist South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

A lack of helicopters has hampered the mission of 3,500 European troops that deployed this year to help stabilize areas of eastern Chad and the Central African Republic bordering Sudan's troubled Darfur region. (AP)