The number of banks registered in Russia was reduced by 609 in January 2003 to 1,164, the department of external and internal relations of the Russian Central Bank reported. At the same time, the number of commercial organizations other than banks remained unchanged at 53 last months. The total number of credit organizations operating in Russia totaled 1,817 as of February 1, 2003.
An unidentified man wielding a knife attacked civilians in the Church of Notre Dame in the French city of Nice. Three people were killed, several others were hospitalised with injuries.One of the victims was beheaded