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Journalist in coma after being attacked

November 7, 2010

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RUSSIA
MOSCOW — A reporter for Kommersant, a major Russian newspaper, was left in a coma yesterday after two men smashed his head, legs, and fingers in an attack that prosecutors believe was linked to his work. Two unidentified attackers were waiting for Oleg Kashin, 30, when he returned to his apartment in central Moscow just after midnight, neighbors and prosecutors said. The beating was the latest in a wave of attacks on journalists and activists in Russia. Since 2000, at least 18 killings of journalists have gone unsolved, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. (AP)

AFGHANISTAN
NATO investigates attack on troops
KABUL — NATO said yesterday that it is investigating whether an Afghan National Army soldier killed two coalition service members in southern Afghanistan, where joint forces are pushing into insurgent strongholds. NATO said the coalition and the Afghan government were jointly investigating how the two service members died Friday evening in Sangin, a dangerous district of Helmand Province. (AP)

CONGO
UN says 700 report rapes by soldiers
KINSHASA — United Nations officials said yesterday that they were investigating reports that some 700 Congolese women were sexually attacked along the country’s border with Angola. Maurizio Giuliano, a spokesman for the UN’s humanitarian agency, said the women were among a group of some 7,000 Congolese expelled from Angola in October. He said many women said Angolan soldiers were responsible for their attacks. (AP)

ITALY
Gladiator house falls in Pompeii
ROME — A 2,000-year-old house in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was once used by gladiators to train before combat, collapsed early yesterday, officials said. The site was closed at the time and nobody was injured, but the collapse underscored a controversy over the poor state of Pompeii, one of Italy’s main tourist attractions. The cause of the collapse was not determined, but water damage was suspected. (AP)

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