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Russia detains four over Total boss plane crash: investigators MOSCOW: Russia has detained four Moscow airport employees over a plane crash which killed the head of French oil giant Total, whose private jet hit a snowplough on takeoff, investigators said Thursday.Those detained include the air traffic controller in charge of directing the doomed plane at Vnukovo airport, her supervisor, the head of air traffic controllers and the chief of runway cleaning, Russia's investigative committee said in a statement. "The investigation suggests that these people did not respect the norms of flight security and ground operations, which led to the tragedy," the statement said. "They have been detained as suspects."Longtime Total boss Christophe de Margerie was killed along with the crew of his private jet in Monday night's accident. The driver of the snowplough that collided with the plane has said he had lost his bearings and strayed on to the runway.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

EU summit tackles climate change, Ebola BRUSSELS: European Union leaders meet at a summit in Brussels Thursday aimed at clinching a high-stakes deal on combating climate change and boosting efforts to fight the deadly Ebola virus.The heads of state and government from the 28-member EU will also search during the two-day meeting for ways to foster economic growth and jobs amid fears of a triple-dip recession.The main focus on Thursday will be on an ambitious package of climate change targets for ...
Russia keeps its powder dry as Ukraine votes MOSCOW: As war-weary Ukraine prepares to vote in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday, its former master Russia stands by for once apparently unable to influence the outcome.But Moscow's seeming impotence after years of alleged meddling in Ukrainian politics does not mean its policy toward the ex-Soviet state will be swayed by the results, analysts warned.Nor will it prevent the war in the east, which Russia has been accused of orchestrating, exploding into large scale ...
One civilian killed in east Ukraine shelling DONETSK: One civilian was killed and five injured in shelling in east Ukraine's rebel-controlled city of Donetsk over the past day, local authorities said Wednesday.Heavy shelling hit the Kirov and Kalinin districts southwest and north of the city centre on Tuesday and throughout the night, although Wednesday appeared calmer, AFP correspondents said."One civilian was killed due to the fighting, and five more received injuries" on Tuesday, Donetsk city hall said.Although fighting between Kiev's forces and ...
ICC warns Kenya on media leaks in Kenyatta case THE HAGUE: The International Criminal Court on Tuesday formally warned Kenya for leaking confidential information to the media in President Uhuru Kenyatta's case related to a request to help freeze or seize his assets.Kenyatta, 52, earlier this month became the first sitting president to appear before The Hague-based court, where he faces charges of crimes against humanity for his role in bloody post-election violence in 2007-08."The Chamber notes with concern the Kenyan government's cumulative inattention ...
Tortured and jailed, Ukrainian women run for office KIEV: One was humiliated and beaten by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the other arrested and shipped off to Moscow, where she has been incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital. Now both Iryna Dovgan and Nadiya Savchenko are standing for parliament in Sunday's polls with campaigns that paint them as patriotic heroines who have put their lives on the line for their country."I want to fight for my land, I want to help rebuild my region," ...
Death toll in Poland mine blast rises to five WARSAW: The death toll from a methane explosion at a Polish coal mine rose to five after two gravely burned miners succumbed to their injuries overnight, the hospital treating them said on Tuesday.One worker had died in the accident on October 6 at the Myslowice-Wesola mine in southern Poland and 28 were hospitalised with severe burns.Two miners later died at the burns unit of the hospital in Siemianowice Slaskie. Some 20 miners continue to be ...


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