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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Clinton, Lavrov Mull Korea

The top U.S. and Russian diplomats have discussed North Korea as the reclusive communist country moved its most advanced missile, believed to be capable of reaching Alaska, to a site where it could be ready for launch in a week or two.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the progress of a UN Security Council response to the North Korea crisis by telephone Sunday, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.(AP, MT)

Egypt to Deport 13 Students

Egypt will deport at least 13 students to Russia for not having visas or other documents to study there, the Russian Embassy in Cairo said Monday.

The 13 are among 34 Russians who were detained last week during a police raid at Al Azhar University in Cairo, embassy spokesman Bashir Malsagov told RIA-Novosti. He said 22 students remained in custody.(MT)

Suspect in Chichvarkin Case

A police officer involved in a criminal investigation into former Yevroset owner Yevgeny Chichvarkin is suspected of extorting $200,000 from a Moscow banker, Vremya Novostei reported Monday, citing a source in the Investigative Committee.

The report said police Major Vladislav Filippov, 34, was suspected of acting as a middleman in extorting a bribe of $200,000 from 39-year-old businessman Anton Chaika. The investigators suspect that the Filippov was going to pass the bribe to a colleague.

Chichvarkin, who is believed to be in London, is wanted by prosecutors on charges of extortion, among other things.(MT)

Body Found After 6 Weeks

The decomposing body of a Latvian citizen was found in a truck in eastern Moscow late Sunday, six weeks after he died, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

The unidentified 38-year-old man was found in the driver's cabin of the DAF vehicle with a European Union license number FR 7979 LV, parked at 1 Proezd Perova Polya, the report said. An inquiry has been opened.(MT)

Surgeon 'Forgot Swab'

Moscow investigators are looking for a doctor suspected of killing a patient with a sloppy heart operation, RIA-Novosti reported Monday.

An autopsy on the patient, who died in the Krasnodar region in January, traced the cause of death to the operation at Moscow's Bakulev Cardiology Institute in 1995, said Anatoly Bagmet, head of the Moscow Investigative Committee. "The surgeon who performed the operation left a swab in the patient's heart," Bagmet said.

The swab caused an inflammation of tissues around the heart, the report said. Six months after surgery, the patient suffered a minor heart attack and 10 years later had a stroke. Investigators are trying to identify the doctor, but most of the hospital's records from 1995 are missing, Bagmet said.(MT)