Russia Issues International Warrant for Putin Rival
A Russian court has issued an international arrest warrant for Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former Yukos Oil chief and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Russian police accuse Khodorkovsky, who is now based in London, of ordering the killing of the mayor of a Siberian oil town.
Khodorkovsky denies the charges. On Wednesday he said via social media that the charges are a response to his pro-democracy work.
The businessman was arrested in 2003 and convicted of tax evasion and fraud. Khodorkovsky says those charges -- which resulted in a decade in prison -- were motivated by his financial support of the political opposition.
Since his release in 2013, Khodorkovsky has lived in exile and founded a pro-democracy movement called Open Russia, aimed at Russian political reform.
Khodorkovsky was accused Wednesday of ordering the murder of Vladimir Petukhov, mayor of the town of Nefteyugansk, for financial gain. On Tuesday, Russian police raided some Moscow locations linked to Open Russia.
First Openly Gay American Female Officer Killed
Among those killed Monday when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a patrol in southern Afghanistan was the first openly gay female U.S. soldier to die in combat.
The Pentagon identified 36-year-old Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen as one of the six troops killed in the blast.
In 2012, she married her partner Heather Lamb in what was one of the first marriages involving an openly gay service member since President Barack Obama repealed the nearly 20-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. That rule kept openly gay people from serving in the U.S. military.
The six deaths bring the number of American soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan this year to 10. Another 10 have been killed in non-combat situations, including multiple helicopter crashes.
There are still 9,800 U.S. troops in the country as part of a mission to advise and assist Afghan troops. The U.S.-led NATO combat mission in the country ended a year ago after 13 years and 2,349 American deaths, according to Pentagon data.