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Russia says forces killed 5 Chechens
MOSCOW Russian forces killed five separatist fighters in Chechnya during skirmishes in the breakaway Caucasus republic, Russian press agencies reported yesterday.
They were killed during operations over the past 24 hours by Russian troops in the west, northeast and southwest of the republic, Interfax quoted the Russian military headquarters in the region as saying.
Russian Interior Ministry troops detained 37 suspected separatists in raids in the Chechen capital, Grozny, ITAR-Tass said. In the republic's second city of Gudermes, east of Grozny, a dozen houses were damaged by shooting, police told Interfax.

Bones found at site of last czar's slaying
MOSCOW The bones of an adult and a child have been found where the last czar of Russia, Nicolas II, and his family were killed in 1918, police in the Sverdlovsk region said.
The discovery has revived speculation about the fate of two members of the royal family, the Czarevitch Alexis and Princess Anastasia, the Ria Novosti news agency said.
Russia's center for criminal medicine has begun examining the bones, exhumed in Yekaterinburg, where the royal family was killed by the Bolsheviks in 1918 after the Russian revolution the previous year.
Czar Nicolas, his wife Alexandra and three of their five children, Tatiana, Olga and Anastasia, were buried in the imperial tomb in Saint Petersburg in July 1998, along with their doctor and three of their servants.

9.97-ounce baby sets record
ROME A healthy 3-month-old girl who came into the world weighing just 9.97 ounces spent her first full day home from the hospital yesterday, and her doctors said they believe she is the tiniest human on record to live so long.
Doctors at Careggi hospital in Florence sent the "miracle" baby home Friday weighing 4.4 pounds, saying she has a nearly 100 percent chance of enjoying a normal life.
The baby, identified only by nickname "Pearl," was delivered by Caesarean section in early February during the 27th week of pregnancy.
The previous record was set in the 1990s by a baby in Japan who weighed 10.5 ounces at birth, doctors in Florence said Friday. A low birth weight is considered to be 2.5 pounds.

McCartney shows off art in Liverpool
LIVERPOOL, England Paul McCartney returned to Liverpool, home of the Beatles, on Thursday to present a showcase of his art in the gallery he visited as a child with John Lennon.
One of northern England's main art galleries, the Walker, is exhibiting more than 60 of Mr. McCartney's works, including, for the first time, wooden sculptures.
Mr. McCartney took up painting 20 years ago, at the age of 40. Since then, he has produced 600 pieces.
Mr. McCartney's first exhibition was held in Siegen, Germany, three years ago. The show in Liverpool is his first major exhibition in Britain.
He said he wanted visitors to the gallery to enjoy the images, colors and freedom of his paintings. Some art critics slam his work; Mr. McCartney says they are entitled to their opinions.

Developer flattens Nobel laureate's home
BELFAST Bulldozers and wrecking balls demolished on Thursday the last Northern Ireland home of Seamus Heaney, the Nobel-winning poet, in an act condemned by neighbors, politicians and heritage officials.
Two years ago, the developers bought the red brick home on Ashley Avenue in south Belfast, where Mr. Heaney lived from 1968 to 1972. They plan to build a small apartment building on the site.
In a brief statement, Mr. Heaney, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995, said he had seen pictures of the destruction of his former home on television in Dublin, the Irish capital where he has lived since 1972. "The blows to the fabric were like blows to our memory," he said.


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