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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

News in Brief

737 in Emergency Landing

A Boeing 737 jet carrying 75 people made an emergency landing at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport on Saturday amid concerns that an engine had malfunctioned on a flight to Sochi, news reports reported.

None of the 69 passengers or six crew members were injured.

Pilots on the 737-500 operated by discount carrier Sky Express detected unusual vibrations in the left engine shortly after taking off from Vnukovo and decided to return. The crew turned off the engine and circled the airport for about an hour to burn up fuel before landing safely.

Fire engines, ambulances and other emergency vehicles waited on the runway before the landing.

The passengers were put on a replacement plane and reached Sochi about three hours later than their initially scheduled arrival. (MT)

Restraint Urged on N. Korea

The Foreign Ministry on Sunday urged restraint from all countries in responding to North Korea's launch of a rocket.

Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko said Pyongyang had informed Moscow ahead of time about the launch, and Russian radars tracked it.

Washington, Tokyo and others suspect that the launch was cover for a test of North Korea's long-range missile technology. (AP)

U.S. Signs Uzbek Deal

WASHINGTON -- The United States on Friday signed an agreement with Uzbekistan allowing nonlethal supplies for the war effort in Afghanistan to travel across Uzbek territory, a U.S. defense official said.

"The United States Department of Defense and the Uzbek Ministry of Defense formally signed an agreement through an exchange of letters that establishes commercial shipping routes for nonlethal supplies," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters.

Items covered by the agreement include food, medical supplies and building materials that would be carried via rail, road and air. (Reuters)

Militants Kill 3 in Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA -- Unidentified militants have shot and killed a policeman and his two brothers in Dagestan, police said Friday.

The victims' bodies were found in a forest, and a bunker apparently used by Islamic militants was located nearby, Dagestani police spokesman Mark Tolchinsky said.

Police found components of explosives and extremist literature in the hideout. (AP)

For the Record

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev replaced his interior and justice ministers and named new heads of the country's Supreme Court and Prosecutor General's Office, the government said on its web site Friday. (Bloomberg)

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that a deal with Armenia on their common border would have to wait until Armenia and Azerbaijan resolve a festering dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. (Reuters)