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Russian journalists say they have been
attacked while investigating reports that
soldiers were secretly buried after being
killed in Ukraine.
The paratroopers were buried in a vil-
lage near the western city of Pskov, where
they were based. What appears to be
fresh graves of the killed paratroopers
were first spotted in the village by
Pskovskaya Guberniya, a local newspaper.
Its journalists say they were attacked at
the cemetery. Later, two Moscow-based
reporters visited the village to investigate
the reports. Vladimir Romensky and Ilya
Vasyunin say they were approached by
two men who told them that they would
"never be found" unless they boarded the
next train back to Moscow.
Ignoring the threats, the two visited the
local cemetery where the soldiers' graves
had reportedly been found.
There, their car was attacked by two
men, who pelted it with stones and
slashed its tyres. Independent Dozhd TV,
for which Mr Romensky works, later
posted footage of the attack.
Also in the car were two other journal-
ists who claim that while attempting to
visit the cemetery earlier in the day they
had been forced into a van and taken to a
Their abductors erased memory cards
from their cameras and threatened to kill
them should they make the incident pub-
lic, says one of the reporters, Nina
Russian reporters 'attacked at secret soldier burials'
Colombia frees drugs
lord's hired killer 'Popeye'
One of Colombia's most notorious hired killers has
been released from prison after serving 22 years of
a 30-year sentence.
John Jairo Velasquez, nicknamed Popeye, was the
top hit man of late Colombian drug baron Pablo
He confessed to killing 300 people and also
claimed a hand in up to 3,000 killings in the 1980s
But he also gave evidence against an ex-justice
minister convicted of ordering the killing of a rival.
Velasquez, 52, walked free from the Combita
high-security prison on Tuesday to start a probation
period of four years.
He left under heavy police escort, a sign of the
risks he believes he will face outside jail.
Several victims insist he still hasn't paid for all his
crimes, while others say that after two decades in
jail it is time to give him a second chance, our
Velasquez was convicted for his part in the
murder of presidential hopeful Luis Carlos Galan in
But he later turned state's witness against former
Justice Minister Alberto Santofimio, a rival
candidate in the 1990 presidential election, who
was convicted of ordering Galan's killing. (BBC)
Ebola outbreak: Nigeria closes
all schools until October
All schools in Nigeria have been ordered to remain
shut until 13 October as part of measures to prevent
the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.
The new academic year was due to start on Monday.
But the education minister ordered the closures to
allow staff to be trained on how to handle suspected
Five people have died of Ebola in Nigeria. The West
Africa outbreak has centred on Guinea, Liberia and
Sierra Leone, killing more than 1,400 people.
It is the largest ever outbreak and has infected an es-
timated 2,615 people. About half of those infected have
Netanyahu: Hamas hit hard
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said
the seven-week conflict in Gaza ended in "victory."
The Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement was "hit
hard and got none of its demands," Netanyahu said.
Hamas has also claimed the truce represents a vic-
tory for Gaza and held a large rally to celebrate it.
On Tuesday a ceasefire came into effect after 50
days of fierce fighting in which more than 2,200 people
died, most of them Palestinians.
In a televised news conference, Mr Netanyahu said
Hamas had been "hit hard" and threatened an even
tougher response should there be so much as a "sprin-
kle" of rocket fire from Gaza.
He added that Israel "didn't agree to accept any of
Yesterday, the UN's World Food Programme said one
of its convoys had entered Gaza for the first time since
2007, carrying enough food to feed around 150,000
people for five days.
Fishing boats also ventured out to sea as restrictions
KIEV---Ukraine accused Russia yesterday
of stepping up military activity in the
annexed territory of Crimea and sending
in troops to help separatists near a key
seaport in southeastern Ukraine.
In a briefing yesterday, Andriy Lysenko,
a spokesman for the Ukrainian military, said
that Russian troops are increasing their
activity in Crimea, the autonomous Ukrain-
ian peninsula that was taken over by pro-
Russian separatists and annexed by Moscow
in March. According to NATO, Russia has
already massed about 20,000 combat-ready
troops along Ukraine s border.
Lysenko cited Ukrainian military intelli-
gence reports as showing that Russian units
are conducting surveillance with drones
from Crimea. He said three Russian military
helicopters have violated Ukrainian airspace
from the territory.
Ukraine accused Russia of launching a
new military incursion across its eastern
border, as hopes quickly fade that talks
between their two presidents might mark
a turning point.
Compounding the Russian threat to the
country, according to Ukrainian Prime Min-
ister Arseniy Yatensyuk, is a purported Russ-
ian plan to cut off gas supplies to Europe
that go through Ukraine this winter.
The developments came a day after Russ-
ian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko held bilateral
talks after a regional summit in Minsk, the
capital of Belarus.
Hopes for a breakthrough had already
dimmed, but a Ukrainian announcement
earlier in the day that its forces had captured
10 Russian paratroopers in the Donetsk
region---combined with the release of video
evidence---made the two-hour, one-on-one
discussion even more difficult.
Following the meeting, Poroshenko said
a "road map" would be prepared to end the
fighting between troops and pro-Russian
separatists in the east of the country, the
British Broadcasting Corp reported.
Ukraine: Russia stepping
up activity in Crimea
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LONDON---Earthquakes are rocking Ice-
land s Bardarbunga volcano, adding to con-
cerns that magma movements may trigger
an eruption that could hinder air traffic.
Iceland s Met Office says two earthquakes
measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano
under the vast Vatnajokull glacier yesterday.
Some 500 quakes have hit the area since mid-
Iceland s aviation alert level remains at
orange, the second highest. On Sunday, the
Met Office lowered the alert level, saying
there was no sign of an imminent eruption
In 2010, Iceland s Eyjafjallajokul volcano
erupted and sparked off a week of international
aviation chaos. Some 100,000 flights were
cancelled after aviation officials closed Europe s
air space for five days out of fear that volcanic
ash could harm jet engines. (AP)
Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano
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