Russia Says Foils Plot To Attack Chemical Arms Facility

Authorities believe the suspects planned to build a bomb and attack the Maradykovsky chemical weapons storage and disposal facility in the Kirov region, about 1,000 km (620 miles) northeast of Moscow, the Federal Investigative Committee said. “The suspects planned a terrorist attack … that could have risked killing hundreds of people,” it said in a statement. It said the men had travelled north to the remote Kirov area from Moscow to plan the attack and it identified them as followers of Wahhabism – an ultra-conservative branch of Sunni Islam that is practised in Saudi Arabia and which has become a derogatory term for Islamist radicalism in Russia. Investigators found bomb components and “literature with extremist content” in an abandoned house in the area where the suspects, aged 19 and 21, were living, the committee said. It said the suspects were natives of the North Caucasus, a mountainous southern region not far from the Black Sea city of Sochi, where Russia hosts the 2014 Winter Olympics in February. The region is some 2,000 km (1,200 miles) from Kirov. Insurgent leader Doku Umarov, a Chechen, has urged fighters to use “maximum force” to stop the Olympics taking place. President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on the Games and ordered authorities to boost security in the North Caucasus, where the Islamist insurgency is rooted in two post-Soviet wars pitting Chechen separatists against the Kremlin. After suicide bombings that killed dozens in the Moscow subway in 2010 and at a Moscow airport in 2011, Umarov called for more attacks on infrastructure in the Russian heartland, but no other major attacks have occurred outside the North Caucasus. Russia inherited the Soviet Union’s declared stockpile of 40,000 metric tonnes of chemical weapons. In 1997 Moscow ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention, which requires member states to declare and dispose of all chemical weapons and production facilities.

Russia and Bosnia join World Cup party

Fireworks were let off across Bosnia as they celebrated reaching their first major tournament as an independent nation by clinching top spot in Group G when Vedad Ibisevic ‘s 68th-minute winner earned a 1-0 victory in Lithuania. Greece were behind Bosnia on goal difference before their match at home to Liechtenstein and the 2004 European champions knew they needed a slip-up from the leaders to snatch top spot. The Greeks quickly got on with their job as Dimitris Salpingidis put them ahead after seven minutes with a tap-in before Giorgos Karagounis doubled the lead in the 81st for a 2-0 win that ultimately was not enough to stop a big Bosnian party. The former Yugoslav republic will be joined in Brazil by Fabio Capello’s Russia, who needed to merely avoid defeat in Azerbaijan to take top spot in Group F ahead of Portugal. They did just that as they were held 1-1 in Baku, despite giving Portugal, who were comfortably ahead against Luxembourg, a glimmer of hope after conceding in the 90th minute having led for most of the game with Roman Shirokov’s 15th-minute opener. It meant that despite goals from Silvestre Varela, Nani and Helder Postiga giving Portugal a 3-0 win at home to bottom side Luxembourg, they finished a point behind Russia and will have to make do with a two-legged playoff next month. The remaining two automatic berths for European teams are up for grabs later on Tuesday, with world champions Spain, France, England and Ukraine in the hunt to join already qualified Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland in Brazil. Playoff spots for the best eight of the nine group runners-up offer finals tickets for four more of the continent’s sides. The draw for next month’s ties takes place in Zurich on October 21. (Reporting by Sonia Oxley; Editing by Ken Ferris) Sports & Recreation The Dodgers got back into the NLCS series with… Business Insider There are many ways to look at the NFL, but the easiest – and most tedious method to figure out what is going on is by examining the numbers.