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As night fell on Saturday Belgium's King visited the scene of the plane crash that killed 11 people earlier in the day. The victims were all members of a skydiving club. Some tried to jump from the plane but were too late to save themselves. It crashed 20 minutes after take-off near Fernelmont, south-east of Brussels. Belgium's interior minister said investigators believe a wing fault was to blame. (SOUNDBITE)(French) BELGIAN INTERIOR MINISTER JOELLE MILQUET SAYING: "It seems that one of the wings became detached shortly before the crash and that completely destabilised the plane. Now the experts are at the scene. The investigating judge and the prosecutor's office are leading a judicial inquiry." Wreckage of the plane was recovered from this field after Saturday's accident. Witnesses said the plane nose-dived and crashed into the ground after a part broke off. All those on board were Belgian.
The deportation of 15-year-old Leonarda Dibrani from France to Kosovo ignited an outcry and mass student protests. Dibrani, whose family entered France illegally in 2009, was ordered off a school bus by police and sent to her father's native country. Now French President Francois Hollande, while defending the deportation of Dibrani and her family, says she can return to finish her studies. (SOUNDBITE)(French) FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE SAYING: "In view of the circumstances, if she requests so and wants to continue her education in France, she and only she would be welcomed." Dibrani, who doesn't speak Albanian and says Kosovo is not her home, says she can't go back to France alone. (SOUNDBITE)(French) DEPORTED SCHOOLGIRL LEONARDA DIBRANI SAYING: "I don't want to go without my family because I want to stay with them, and especially her. We're tied together. She's my dear sister, I can't leave her behind here." The French presiden
More than 60 bushfires were still burning in New South Wales on Sunday. Hopes for wet weather over the weekend to help fight the flames proved unfounded. Now Australian fire authorities are warning the arrival of hot, dry gusting winds over the coming days will make their task even harder. (SOUNDBITE)(English) RURAL FIRE SERVICE COMMISSIONER SHANE FITZSIMMONS SAYING: "We've looked at the best case, worst case, and in-between scenarios and no matter which scenario you look at there is going to be a significant amount of fire activity across the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury communities throughout this week." It's believed more than 200 homes have already been destroyed and the final figure is likely to be higher still. Fire-fighters from other states are being drafted in to reinforce efforts to contain the blazes which have reduced tens of thousands of hectares to ash.
A derailed train hauling crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas burns in Western Canada. Three tankers containing LPG erupted in flames when the train came off the tracks near the small Alberta settlement of Gainford. The crude oil did not ignite. No-one was hurt but residents were evacuated as the fire was allowed to burn itself out. (SOUNDBITE)(English) DENISE ANDERSON, EVACUEE, SAYING: "My son where he's living, they heard it and they saw the fire. They said the whole backyard lit up. So yes, it was pretty scary. And a friend of ours, their house burnt down." (SOUNDBITE)(English) SUZANNE MERRILLS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR OF PARKLAND COUNTY, SAYING: "They kind of helped each other out, it's a nice rural, small community that really bonds together in a time of need, and really helps to support each other." The train's operator Canadian National Railway said it was too early to say what caused the derailment. But safety fea
A Qatari plane carrying nine Lebanese hostages freed from Syria lands in Beirut, almost a year and a half Syrian rebels captured the men near the Turkish border. Relatives and friends cry shouts of joy as they greet the men at the airport. One man reacts to his initial moments back home: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED FREED LEBANESE HOSTAGE SAYING: "(Thank) God up there that He brought us back to our country safe and with victory, to meet our dear ones and parents, despite all the tragedy and obstacles that we went through." Qatari officials brokered the release of the men in a deal that simultaneously freed two Turkish pilots who were taken in a retaliatory kidnapping. Another Qatar Airways jet lands in Istanbul -- this time coming from Lebanon -- carrying those pilots. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan greeted those pilots on the tarmac. One of the pilots talks about his time in captivity: (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PILOT, MU
At least 36 people were injured in Buenos Aires on Saturday morning after a commuter train slammed into a station, almost reaching the turnstiles. It happened at the Once station on the busy Sarmiento line. Passengers described the moment of impact. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified Passenger saying (Spanish): "You didn't feel hard braking, the train was at the same speed in which it was coming. What I heard was the impact and then the lights went out." This is the same station where 52 people were killed last year in an almost identical collision. Local media say a mob formed here shortly after the crash and tried to attack the train operators.
Authorities say a plane full of skydivers in Belgium crashes killing all 11 on board. Witnesses say part of the plane broke off as it nosedived into the ground, adding that three passengers tried to jump, but were too late. The plane was carrying members of a local skydiving club, and crashed south-east of Brussels.
Chef, restaurateur and author Daniel Boulud talks with WSJ's Sara Murray about his newest book, "Daniel: My French Cuisine," and cooking in the age of iPads and healthy eating. Copyright 2013, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
New Jersey's top court denied Governor Christ Christie's request to put a hold on gay marriage, while the state's appeal is being heard. Dozens of same-sex marriage advocates celebrated the news Friday. On Monday, same sex couples here will be allowed to legally tie the knot, making New Jersey the 14th state in the United States to allow same sex-sex marriage, in addition to the District of Columbia. Marsha Shapiro tells Reuters her story: "We've been wanting to get married for a long time. We have been together over 24 years, we were religiously married over 21 years ago. We have four children and four grandchildren and another one on the way. It's time that we get married." But same sex marriage is much more than just a piece of paper for Rich Kiamco: (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICH KIAMCO (PRONOUNCED KEMCO), STAND-UP COMEDIAN AND JERSEY CITY RESIDENT, SAYING: "This act, getting this piece of paper and having this ceremony at midnight, I mean it's
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A small plane carrying a group of skydivers crashed in Belgium on Saturday, killing all 11 people on board despite the attempts of several to jump to safety, local authorities said. The plane took off from a small airport near Namur, central Belgium, carrying members of a local skydiving club, and crashed 20 minutes later near Fernelmont, south-east of Brussels. "According to witnesses, a part of the plane broke off, it nosedived and crashed into the ground like a stone," Jean-Claude Nihoul, mayor of Fernelmont, told Reuters. He said three of the passengers had tried to save themselves by jumping from the plane but they were too late. All of the people on board were Belgian.
Despite travel restrictions - Americans are visiting Cuba in record numbers. New statistics released by the Cuban government show more than 98,000 U.S. citizens traveled to the communist-run island in 2012 - up from about 73,000 in 2011. These numbers don't include visits by U.S. diplomats - or the estimated hundreds of thousands of Cuban Americans who travel home each year. American tourist Robert Batha said getting to Cuba is difficult - but worth it. SOUNDBITE: Robert Batha, U.S. tourist on cultural exchange in Cuba, saying: "It's not easy. We don't get to travel directly to Cuba. We came through Cancun, through Mexico. I don't think we're officially supposed to be here but we're on a cultural exchange because we're all avid photographers." The rise in U.S. tourism is linked to the loosening of travel restrictions by the Obama administration. Cuban Americans now are allowed to visit to their native country freely - and, under a program launc
Thrillseekers from across the globe are converging on Fayetteville for the annual Bridge Day festival. It is the one day a year that it's legal to jump off the 876-foot high span across the New River Gorge. (Oct. 19)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
Mayoral candidate Mélanie Joly reacts to news that one of her candidates, Bibiane Bovet, is a former escort in Montreal on Friday October 18, 2013. (Pierre Obendrauf / THE GAZETTE)
This amateur video from Syria purports to capture the moments after a suicide car bomb blast. It reportedly happened at a checkpoint on the outskirts of the capital, Damascus, on Saturday. Reuters can't verify the video. But a monitoring group says a suicide bomber from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front was responsible. The bomb blast was followed by clashes with rebels, says the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, killing at least 16 members of Syria's security forces. The group also says government fighter jets retaliated by striking opposition-held areas nearby. Activists say rebel forces captured the checkpoint and were battling to take a second one nearby.
The Maldives' planned presidential election on Saturday was stopped in its tracks without a single vote cast. Police halted the ballot before it even began despite a court ruling that it should go ahead. (SOUNDBITE)(English) FUAD THOWFEEK, MALDIVES ELECTION COMMISSIONER, SAYING: "We will not be able to hold elections today because police blocked our work. They have a lot of police officers down on the ground floor of this building and then they don't allow our staff to take out any ballot papers, ballot boxes or pencils, note books, or anything." The voter registry signed by former president Mohamed Nasheed wasn't ready by Friday because of objections by some of his rivals. There was confusion whether the polls could open without the candidates signing a new registry. Police chiefs insisted they were acting independently. (SOUNDBITE)(English) ABDULLA NAWAZ, CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE, SAYING: "We are totally independent as an institu
By Saturday Australian fire-fighters were saying nearly 200 homes had been destroyed by the New South Wales wildfires. It's feared more will be lost as hopes faded for rain over the weekend. (SOUNDBITE)(English) SHANE FITZSIMMONS, RURAL FIRE SERVICE COMMISSIONER, SAYING: "The optimism we had for good widespread rain seems to be disappearing and at best we're talking about some showers across different areas later in the week." Prime Minister Tony Abbott's announced a financial aid package for those who've lost their homes. But some whose homes have already been reduced to ashes are having to come to terms with the loss of more than just a roof over their heads. (SOUNDBITE)(English) CHRISTINE SENIOR, YELLOW ROCK RESIDENT, SAYING: "I said to my husband I remember when you carried me across the threshold, I remember having all my babies here. All of that hard work that we put into everything for all the years and it's just gone. And you think 'I
After 22 terms Bill Young was the longest serving Republican member of the U.S. Congress. He died on Friday at the age of 82, less than two weeks after he revealed he planned to retire. He'd been in hospital with back problems he suffered as a result of a plane crash in 1970. His family said he died from complications related to a chronic injury. There'll be a special election to fill Young's Florida seat but the result won't affect the balance of power in the house where Republicans hold a 32-seat majority
Bay Area rapid transit authorities and striking workers both made offers late Friday they said had a single aim: get trains running again. (October 18, 2013)Copyright 2013 The Associated Press
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION At least five people were killed and 15 others wounded when a car bomb exploded in a predominantly Shi'ite neighbourhood east of the capital Baghdad after nightfall on Friday (October 18), police and medics said. The blast was caused by a car bomb parked outside an ice cream parlour in the al-Mashtal neighbourhood of Baghdad, police said. The force of the blast destroyed parts of the ice cream parlour as well as vehicles parked near the site. Onlookers gathered to look at the extent of the damage early on Saturday (October 19). Iraqi people's Eid celebrations were marred by a number of attacks as ten bombs exploded in primarily Shi'ite districts of the Iraqi capital late on Thursday (October 17), killing 44 people. One blast occurred near an amusement park north of Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhood, killing six children. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but Shi'ites are viewed as apost
Hundreds took to the streets of a Johannesburg township as news broke that a fifth suspect in the rape and murder of two toddlers had been arrested. The mutilated bodies of the two girls aged three and two were found in a public toilet in Diepsloot township on October 15th. The killings have shocked a nation with one of the world's highest rates of violent and sexual crime. The protesters said they wanted police to hand the latest suspect over. Supporters of the ruling ANC and of the opposition EFF were at the demonstration despite tensions between them. President Jacob Zuma's condemned the killings which he said did not belong in South Africa. Four other suspects appeared in court on Friday. The hearing was postponed to October 24th so the fifth can appear alongside them.