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Yemeni Airliner with 153 People Crashes Near Comoros, Child Found Alive


COMOROS PLANE CRASH: A Yemeni airliner has crashed in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the Comoros, with 153 people on board. Officials say one survivor, a child, has been rescued. The bodies of three other people were also recovered. Officials from Yemenia Air say the plane went down early Tuesday morning while flying from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa to Moroni on the main island of Grand Comore. The cause of the crash is unknown, however news reports say there were strong winds as the plane approached the island. The plane, an Airbus 310, was carrying 142 passengers and 11 crew members.

IRAQ: Iraqi forces officially assumed control of Baghdad and other cities early Tuesday, following the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from urban areas. At a ceremony on Monday, the top U.S. military commander in Baghdad, Major-General Daniel Bolger, gave his Iraqi counterpart the keys to the former defense ministry building, which had served as a joint headquarters. The withdrawal is part of U.S.-Iraq security deal that sets a timeline for the withdrawal of all U.S forces by the end of 2011. The Iraqi government declared Tuesday, June 30, a "Day of National Sovereignty."

HONDURAS: Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says he will return to his country later this week. Mr. Zelaya announced the plans late Monday during a meeting of Latin American leaders in Nicaragua. The Honduran president says he plans to make the trip Thursday with Organization of American States Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza. Earlier Monday, security forces in riot gear fired tear gas to push back protesters massing outside the Presidential Palace in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa.

CHINA - CORRUPTION: Chinese state media are reporting that a newly established government hotline for corruption has been overwhelmed during its first week of operation, receiving more than 17,000 tips. The China Daily newspaper says more than 11,000 people called in tips by telephone and 6,000 others reported cases on the hotline's Web site. The newspaper says that many other would-be whistleblowers may not have been able to get through. The report noted, however, that the 24-hour Web and phone service was staffed by only 10 operators.

NOKOR NUCLEAR: South Korea's defense minister says North Korea appears to be pushing forward with a uranium enrichment program, raising fears that it may use the material to make atomic weapons. Addressing a hearing of lawmakers Tuesday, Lee Sang-hee said it is clear that North Korea is moving forward with the program. He added that such a program is far easier to hide than the North's current plutonium-based program. North Korea has ample supplies of natural uranium, and it could conduct an enrichment program in underground or undisclosed facilities, away from the view of U.S. spy satellites.

NORTH KOREA - JAPAN - BURMA: Japanese police have arrested three men for allegedly attempting to export a magnetic measuring device to Burma that could be used to develop missiles. Police say the three men, a North Korean man and two Japanese nationals were trying to ship the magnetic device to Burma. The company that was trying to export the device is based in China, but is believed to have links to the North Korea's government. The arrests come as the international community is stepping up efforts to monitor North Korea's trading practices and its proliferation of missile technology.

UN - BURMA: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Burma later this week to press the military government to release all political prisoners and start a dialogue with the opposition. U.N. spokeswoman Michele Montas told reporters Monday that Mr. Ban is due in Burma on Friday, following a trip to Japan. His special envoy for Burma, Ibrahim Gambari, concluded a two-day visit to the east Asian country on Saturday. The Nigerian diplomat did not meet with jailed pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. It is not clear whether the U.N. chief will be able to meet with her.

US - MADOFF SCANDAL: The man who confessed to organizing the largest fraud in U.S. history, Bernard Madoff, has been sentenced to 150 years in prison. A White House spokesman said Monday that the ruling sends a strong signal to anyone who invests money on behalf of others. Press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters he believes the message "will be heard loud and clear." Thousands of people lost billions of dollars in the investment scheme, and some of them testified at Monday's hearing. Some spoke in great anger, others tearfully.

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