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World IN BRIEF : RUSSIA : Coast Guard Fires on Japan Fishing Boats

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Russian coast guard vessel opened fire on two Japanese boats fishing illegally off the South Kurile islands, wounding at least one crew member, a border guard official said. It was one of the most serious incidents in the 40-year dispute between Moscow and Tokyo over the four islands, which were seized by Soviet troops at the end of World War II.


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