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Carelessness sank sub, Russian says

By Wire services
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 1, 2003

MOSCOW - Russia's defense minister blamed the sinking of a derelict nuclear submarine on a national trait of carelessness and ordered a temporary halt Sunday to the towing of decommissioned subs.

The announcement raised the prospect of further delays in efforts to dispose of more than 100 rotting ships and their reactors, which have been a concern to environmentalists.

The K-159 submarine sank Saturday in the Barents Sea as it was being towed to an Arctic scrap yard where its reactors were to be removed and dismantled. Nine of the 10 sailors aboard died.

"There were definitely elements of this frivolous Russian reliance on chance, that everything will work out," Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said from a ship monitoring search operations.

SHIP REACHES SPACE STATION: An unmanned Russian supply ship has docked with the international space station, bringing food, entertainment and, for the first time, satellite telephones to the crew, Russian news agencies reported.

The Progress ship, which had taken off Friday from the Russian launching facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, docked with the space station at 11:41 p.m. EDT Saturday, the reports said.

India says it averted New Delhi terror attack

NEW DELHI - Weekend antiterrorist crackdowns by security forces prevented a "spectacular" attack by a Pakistan-based militant group in India's capital, police said Sunday.

Police killed two suspected members of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed group in a sprawling New Delhi park late Saturday, hours after explosives were seized and three people arrested elsewhere in the city.

The actions in the capital came after paramilitary soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir said they killed the Jaish chief in India, Ghazi Baba. He was suspected of masterminding a December 2001 attack on India's Parliament.

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