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Whitehall officials have warned attacks could occur during the Games

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The bodies of two women, both killed by alligators, were found less than a week after a similar death in Florida, a state that had seen just 17 confirmed fatal attacks by the animals in the previous 57 years.

Russia is accused of backing rule by terror in Chechnya

Russia has been accusedof presiding over an orgy of kidnapping, torture and murder in the breakaway republic of Chechnya and of forcing the region's cowed inhabitants to live in a climate of "fear and intimidation".

Pardon for Russian officer would 'spit in the soul of Chechens'

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A Chechen separatist envoy to Britain warned yesterday that there would be more massacres such as the one in Beslan unless President Vladimir Putin changed his policies.

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Rigged elections and terrorist bombs prove the bankruptcy of Russia's policy in Chechnya

Nothing sums up Russia's failure in the troubled southern region of Chechnya more pointedly than the coincidence of two developments yesterday. The first was the announcement that President Putin's choice, Alu Alkhanov, had been elected Chechnya's new president by a landslide. The second was confirmation from Russia's security services that simultaneous plane crashes five days before the election were caused by explosives - most likely detonated by Chechen women suicide bombers.

Russia uses death squads and torture in Chechnya, says Amnesty

Russian forces in Chechnya were yesterday accused of operating South American-style death squads which routinely target innocent civilians.

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