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Officials Say No Chance of Survivors From Kenya Airways Crash


Cameroon Plane Crash: Officials say there is virtually no chance of finding survivors from the Kenya Airways jet that crashed in Cameroon Saturday.
Rescue teams that reached the crash site late Sunday report finding pieces of wreckage spread over a large area, with the body of the jet apparently submerged in a swamp.
Officials in both Kenya and Cameroon today (Monday) said they see no chance any of the plane's 114 passengers and crew survived.
The Boeing 737 jet went down during a torrential rainstorm early Saturday after taking off from the Cameroonian city of Douala.
Authorities were not able to locate the plane for more than 40 hours before it was found about 20 kilometers south of the Douala airport.
Many of the 114 people aboard the plane were Kenyans, but the passenger list included people from more than 20 countries.

France Election: French conservative president-elect Nicolas Sarkozy says his runoff election victory Sunday has given him a clear mandate for change.
Mr. Sarkozy says the French people chose change in electing him. His new administration is expected to make sweeping economic and social reforms.
The president-elect vowed to bring back France's national pride, saying he will be the president of all French citizens. He pledged to, in his words, "restore the value of work, authority, morals, respect and merit."
Mr. Sarkozy also promised to refresh relations with the United States and the rest of Europe.
President-elect Sarkozy's five-year term is scheduled to begin May 16th. Scattered rioting broke out late Sunday in Paris and several other French cities after Mr. Sarkozy's victory was announced. Police used water cannons and tear gas to quell the violence.

Bangladesh Politics: Bangladesh's former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned home from two months abroad, after the country's military-backed interim government lifted a ban on her re-entry.
She arrived in Dhaka on a commercial flight from London today (Monday).
Ms. Hasina traveled to the United States on a personal visit in March. While away, she was charged with corruption and accused of involvement in the deaths of four protesters at an Awami League demonstration in October.
Nearly three weeks ago, Bangladesh's military-backed interim government barred her re-entry, saying her presence could stir public unrest. The ban was lifted a week later.

Taiwan Politics: Leading members of Taiwan's ruling Democratic Progressive Party say they will support former Prime Minister Frank Hsieh as the party's candidate in next year's presidential elections.
Mr. Hsieh comfortably beat three rivals in a party primary election Sunday. The three candidates met with Mr. Hsieh today (Monday) and promised to support him.
At a news conference in Taipei today, Mr. Hsieh said he will strive to implement reforms that will promote Taiwan's "rebirth".
The 60-year-old is a lawyer by training and a former mayor of Taiwan's second largest city, Kaohsiung. He has taken a more conciliatory approach toward relations with China than Taiwan's current President, Chen Shui-bian.
Mr. Hseih's challenger in the presidential election next March will be former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou of the opposition Nationalist Party (Kuomintang).

Indoensia Politics: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has reshuffled his Cabinet in a move aimed at improving its performance mid-way through his five-year term.
Two of the ministers being replaced (State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra and Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin) have been accused of helping (Tommy Suharto,) the son of former president Suharto transfer illicit money.

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