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Several riot police officers forced Roman Dobrokhotov into a police car just feet from Russia’s largest church, widely seen as a symbol of resurgent Orthodox Christianity after seven decades of atheist communist rule.

Mr. Dobrokhotov, who leads a small anti-Kremlin youth movement, heckled President Dmitry Medvedev during his speech in the Kremlin in 2008.

Another activist, Mariya Baronova of the Resistance anti-Kremlin group, entered the cathedral, but she was cornered by a group of Orthodox priests and men who tried to escort her out.


Official: Grenade kills 1 in church attack

NAIROBI — One person died and 15 people were wounded when a grenade was thrown into a church in Kenya’s capital during Sunday service, an official said, an attack some parishioners blamed on a land dispute in the East African metropolis.

Nairobi Deputy Police Chief Moses Ombati said the grenade exploded at God’s House of Miracles International Church in Nairobi.

Doctors at Nairobi’s Kenyatta Hospital said they had treated 11 patients wounded in the attack. None of the injuries was life-threatening.

The incident is the latest in a string of grenade attacks since Kenya sent troops into Somalia in October last year.


Head of U.N. mission urges halt to violence

BEIRUT — The head of the U.N. observer mission in Syria on Sunday called on President Bashar Assad and the country’s opposition to stop fighting and allow a tenuous cease-fire to take hold.

Norwegian Maj. Gen. Robert Mood spoke after arriving in the Syrian capital Damascus to take charge of an advance team of 16 U.N. monitors trying to salvage an international peace plan to end the country’s 13-month-old crisis.

Under the plan, a cease-fire is supposed to lead to talks between Mr. Assad and the opposition on a political solution to a conflict that has killed more than 9,000 people.

Gen. Mood told reporters that the 300 observers the U.N. has authorized for the mission “cannot solve all the problems” in Syria, and asked for cooperation from forces loyal to Mr. Assad as well as rebels seeking to end his rule.

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