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Umarov, 47, claimed responsibility for masterminding the January suicide bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, which killed 37. He has also promised a year of “blood and tears” for Russia ahead of parliamentary elections in December and a presidential election in 2012.


Military intercepts boat with arms on Dead Sea

JERUSALEM — Security forces intercepted a boat Monday on the Dead Sea carrying assault rifles and ammunition from Jordan, Israeli authorities said.

The military provided a photograph showing a haul of 10 Kalashnikov rifles and the same number of ammunition clips. Police arrested two Palestinian men on board, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. He said the intended destination of the weapons was unclear.

The military said it was treating the incident as an attempted weapons smuggling operation and not as an attempted militant attack. Army Radio described the vessel as a rubber dinghy.


Man declared dead wakes up in morgue

JOHANNESBURG — A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge, nearly a day after his family thought he had died, a health official said Monday.

Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the man awoke Sunday afternoon, 21 hours after his family called in an undertaker who sent him to the morgue after an asthma attack.

Morgue owner Ayanda Maqolo said he sent his driver to collect the body shortly after the family reported the death. Mr. Maqolo said he thought the man, whose name was not released, was about 80 years old.

But a day after staff put the body into a locked refrigerated compartment, morgue workers heard someone shouting for help. They thought it was a ghost, the morgue owner said.

They called police and waited for the authorities to arrive before entering the morgue. The man was pale when they pulled him out.

“He asked, ‘How did I get here?’ ” Mr. Maqolo said.

The health department said the man was then taken to a nearby hospital for observation and later discharged by doctors who deemed him stable.

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