[JURIST] The alleged sole survivor of a group responsible for the Beslan school hostage crisis [Wikipedia backgrounder] which last September led to the deaths of 344 people, including at least 172 children, pleaded not guilty Thursday in a Russian court sitting in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia where the hostage-taking occured. Nur-Pashi Kulayev faces life in prison if convicted. He admits participating in the attack but denies killing anyone [JURIST report]. AFP has more. From Russia, MosNews has local coverage.