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Pilot error was being blamed last night after a Boeing 737-800 overshot a hilltop runway in India, plunged over a cliff and exploded in flames, killing all but eight of the 166 people onboard.
THOUSANDS of young Parisians are expected to defy a police attempt to bar them from holding a record-breaking open-air drinks party in the park by the Eiffel Tower today.
SHE isn’t the first American beauty queen to be caught out by racy photographs from her past but Rima Fakih, who was crowned Miss USA last week, is certainly the first to be plunged into a political controversy about radical Islam, affirmative action and her family’s supposed links to the Hezbollah political and paramilitary organisation in Lebanon.
EVEN by operatic standards, the dilemma facing Placido Domingo this weekend is loud and colourful. He must decide whether to replace John Treleaven, the British tenor cast as the hero of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Los Angeles, or anger financial backers.
THE chief of police in Cape Town, the venue for England’s second match in the World Cup, has warned any supporters intent on disrupting the tournament that they will be herded onto prison trains, tried on the spot and transported to remote detention centres.
A man is hanging naked from the ceiling by a meat hook. His mouth is open — screaming a confession. He is surrounded by half a dozen soldiers in ragged uniforms whose fists are caked in his blood. Their cigarette lighters burn the fat on the soles of his feet until it spits and crackles like a Sunday joint.
Mattias Ljungberg has been having nightmares recently - and they've all been about cake. "I'm not worried about actually making the cake," he says. "It's just I might forget to order some important ingredient, or the cake might tip over, or something might happen to the van carrying it. I spend a lot of time thinking about what could go wrong as I lie in bed."
A British soldier killed in an explosion in Afghanistan was today named by the Ministry of Defence as Corporal Stephen Walker of A Company 40 Commando Royal Marines.
It is 19 years since Erin Brockovich first went into battle against corporate America. She was a small-town single mum who stood up to an industrial Goliath and won. Now, as she champions a new case with a depressingly similar plot, it is clear that she has lost none of her fighting spirit or trademark candour.
The husband, wife and daughter of a British family who were ambushed and gunned down, allegedly by family members in a blood feud in a graveyard in Pakistan, were buried yesterday amid tight security.
It has not been a good week for Saudi Arabia’s morality police, defenders of the kingdom’s strict Islamic values and the scourge of young men and women who dare to meet in public out of wedlock.
Britain is taking the first steps towards resuming co-operation with the US military over the arrest, interrogation and detention of suspected insurgents captured in Afghanistan.
Buddy, a Jack Russell terrier who has been surfing for years, will compete alongside 60 other dogs in the fifth annual Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog competition today.
When police scooped up the limp body of Aiyana Jones, 7, last Sunday night they promised her father that she would be all right. They were wrong. She was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, the victim of a police Swat team member being filmed for a reality TV show.
The soldiers were at full readiness, helmets on, Kevlar armour strapped in place, M16 rifles in hand. They might have been preparing to storm a stronghold of Red Shirt anti-government protesters or swoop on a cell of terrorist bomb-makers — but this was the corridor of a five-star hotel in central Bangkok, and the object of their stern attention was me.
Red Shirt protesters returned to their homes in the north and northeast of Thailand yesterday, defiant and vowing to continue their fight against the Government.
As Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, prepares for an expected victory in national elections tomorrow there are growing concerns that Britain and others are helping to support an increasingly autocratic government accused of human rights abuses and political oppression.
For the second time in three months President Obama has coaxed Congress into far-reaching reforms that will help to define his legacy and regulate a powerful engine of the US economy for decades to come.
When he arrived at Kampala’s Hotel Triangle for a three-day conference, the Rev Kapya Kaoma knew that he would not like what he heard.