Plane crash in Siberia
MOSCOW — A twin-engine passenger plane crashed early Tuesday near a northern Siberia town, killing at least seven of the 15 people on board, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said.
Initial reports indicated that all those aboard the Antonov-24 turboprop were killed, but ministry spokeswoman Irina Andryanova later said seven were confirmed dead and the fate of the others was undetermined.
The plane crashed from an altitude of about 700 metres (2,300 feet) as it was approaching the airport of the town of Igarka, above the Arctic Circle, Andryanova said.
She said there were four crew members and 11 passengers aboard the plane; An-24s have a capacity of about 45 people.
Igarka is in the sprawling Siberian region of Krasnoyarsk, some 2,500 kilometres east of Moscow.
Defence hopes to delay supermodel’s testimony
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The defence in the war-crimes trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor is seeking to postpone testimony by fashion model Naomi Campbell.
Campbell is due to appear in court Thursday.
But Taylor’s lawyer says the prosecution has failed to disclose exactly what she is expected to say, preventing him from preparing his cross examination.
Prosecutors say Campbell has refused to talk to them, and is being forced to appear under a subpoena.
They intend to ask her about information that she received diamonds from Taylor after a dinner party in South Africa in 1997. But they have little other information.
Taylor is accused of receiving rough diamonds in exchange for his support for rebels in Sierra Leone during that country’s 11-year civil war.
Israel to take part in UN flotilla investigation
JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister has informed U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon that Israel will take part in a U.N. investigation of the deadly Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla, a government spokesman said Monday.
The panel will be set up by Ban, who has been pressing Israel to co-operate with the investigation.
“Today, Israel informed the secretary general of the United Nations that we will participate in a panel set up by the secretary general to look into the flotilla incident,” spokesman Mark Regev told The Associated Press. “Ultimately we are sure that the facts are on our side. We have no problem whatsoever with a credible, objective panel.”
The decision marks a departure for Israel, which has frequently viewed the United Nations with suspicion and accused many U.N. bodies of being unfairly biased against the Jewish state.