World briefs – April 25

An agitated passenger aboard an Alitalia flight from Paris to Rome on Sunday night attacked a flight attendant and demanded the plane be diverted to Libya but other attendants subdued the man, the airline said.

Agitated passenger tried to attack flight attendant on flight to Rome

ROME — An agitated passenger aboard an Alitalia flight from Paris to Rome on Sunday night attacked a flight attendant and demanded the plane be diverted to Libya but other attendants subdued the man, the airline said.

The flight landed safely in the Italian capital as scheduled, Alitalia said in a statement. All 131 passengers aboard flight AZ329 disembarked safely in Rome.

“A clearly agitated passenger attacked a flight attendant, asking that the flight be diverted to Tripoli,” Alitalia said. “Thanks to the prompt intervention of attendants, the aggressor was immobilized and (kept) in his seat, and the flight continued on to Rome,” where it landed at 9:55 p.m. as scheduled, the airline said.

Alitalia didn’t identify the passenger. The Italian news agency ANSA reported that he was a middle-aged man from Kazakhstan with no criminal record. ANSA said the man had brandished a nail-clipper against the flight attendant.

Police took the man into custody for questioning at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport, Alitalia said.

Alitalia said the female flight attendant was checked by staff at the airport’s first-aid office as a precaution but she was reported to be unharmed.


Philippines warns of new landslides in mountain

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say they have discovered a dangerous crack in a mountain hit by a deadly landslide last week and want troops to forcibly evacuate dozens of illegal gold miners before another disaster strikes their village.

Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje says he and other officials discovered the 70-meter-long fissure on a mountain slope above Kingking village Sunday during an aerial survey.

Paje says a portion of the slope along the fissure collapsed after a downpour Friday and buried several shanties below, leaving at least five gold miners dead and 17 others missing.

Paje says the unstable land along two-thirds of the deep fissure could collapse with the next heavy rain and bury about 30 shanties of miners.


NYC Mayor mum on Trump’s run at presidency

WASHINGTON — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls real estate tycoon Donald Trump a friend and says “anybody can run for president if you’re 35 and an American citizen.”

Bloomberg told Fox News Sunday that Trump is “a New York icon.” But the mayor is shying away from talking up Trump’s flirtation with the presidency.

Trump, who’s deciding whether to run in 2012, and other potential contenders have raised questions about whether Obama was born in the United States.