March 12, 1996
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Nine Russian soldiers killed in Grozny
MOSCOW (CNN) -- Nine Russian servicemen were killed Monday night in fighting in the Chechen capital of Grozny, including five who died when their truck struck a mine, Interfax news agency said Tuesday. Another 19 soldiers were reported injured in overnight fighting.
Despite Monday's fighting, Grozny is gradually returning to normal after Chechen rebels seized the city for most of last week, Interfax reported.
Sergei Medvedev, press secretary to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, told a news briefing that the latest fighting in Grozny might force Moscow to amend its plan to bring peace to the separatist region.
- Chechen snipers beleaguer Russian forces in Grozny
- Grozny battles continue into night
- Russians say they control Grozny after fierce assault
- Russians agree on plan to end Chechnya conflict
Psychologist says Rabin's assassin mentally sound
TEL AVIV, Israel (CNN) - A psychologist testified Tuesday that Yigal Amir, the confessed assassin of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, has narcissistic and schizophrenic tendencies but is mentally sound.
Dr. Gabriel Weil's testimony sent a decisive blow to defense attorneys' case. The defense had hoped Weil would prove that Amir, 25, had a mental imbalance and should be spared from life imprisonment.
Weil was the last defense witness to testify in the trial, and lawyers will begin their closing arguments on Sunday.
Weil said Amir's tendencies were common. He also said Amir, a right-wing religious Jew, believed he was on a mission from God when he shot the Israeli leader.
Mexican volcano belches steam and ash
RIO FRIO, Mexico (CNN) -- The Popocatepetl volcano belched a a mushroom-shaped cloud of steam and ash three miles into the air Monday. An official at the National Center for Disaster Prevention, however, said there was no cause for alarm. (374K QuickTime movie)
There were no reports of evacuations from nearby villages, and farmers in the area tended to fields as if nothing had happened.
The volcanic emission from the 17,887-foot-high snow peak could be seen 50 miles away in Mexico City.
Robert Quass of the National Center for Disaster Prevention described the volcano's activity as "a sporadic emission, a poof."
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