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Indonesian Rescuers Struggle to Reach Plane Crash Site


Indonesia Plane: Indonesian officials say rescue crews are making their way to the crash site of a passenger plane, but mountainous terrain is making communication difficult.
Search and Rescue Commander Idin Arifin says rescuers are having trouble spotting the exact location where the Adam Air passenger jet went down Monday.
He says teams are looking for the wreckage today (Tuesday) in an area of thick jungle and steep terrain on northern Sulawesi island.
Ninety people died in the crash, and unconfirmed reports say 12 people survived.
Three U.S. citizens were among the passengers. Their condition is unknown.
The 17-year-old Boeing 737(-400) was en route from Java to north Sulawesi when it lost contact with air traffic controllers.
Transport Minister Hatta Radjasa says bad weather caused the crash and that an investigation is under way.

Indonesia - Ship: Indonesian rescue teams are focusing their efforts on reaching surviving passengers from a ferry that capsized in the East Java sea carrying some 600 people.
Officials say nearly 200 people have been rescued, days after their ferry went down in stormy weather Saturday. Some 400 people are still unaccounted for.
Strong wind and waves are making it difficult today (Tuesday) for the rescue fleet of navy ships, fishing boats and helicopters to aid survivors, who are clinging to life rafts and floating debris.
The ferry was sailing from Borneo island to Java island (Kumai in Central Kalimantan province to Semarang in Central Java) when it sank.

Gerald Ford: A memorial service for former President Gerald Ford will take place today (Tuesday) at the National Cathedral in Washington. Mr. Ford died last week in California at the age of 93.
President Bush has declared today a national day of mourning for Mr. Ford. The president will speak at the memorial service.
On Monday, the president and first lady Laura Bush paid their respects to Mr. Ford at the U.S. Capitol Building, where the late president lies in state.
Since Saturday night, mourners have been viewing the closed casket to pay their respects to the man who assumed the presidency after Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974.

Saddam - Execution Video: A top aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the government has launched an inquiry into how the execution of former dictator Saddam Hussein was secretly filmed and distributed.
A video showing Saddam being taunted on the gallows has spread on the Internet and by mobile telephone messages since Saturday's execution.
In the footage, one of those present at the execution can be heard shouting "Moqtada," the name of a radical Shi'ite cleric and opponent of Saddam.
The film led some critics to describe the execution as a sectarian act against the deposed Sunni Arab leader.

Thailand – Blasts: Thailand's deposed prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, says he was not involved in a string of deadly bombings in the Thai capital.
The former leader says Islamist insurgents rooted in southern Thailand are responsible for Sunday's blasts, which killed three people and wounded 38 others in Bangkok.
Mr. Thaksin issued the denial today (Tuesday) in a handwritten letter. He has been living outside the country since September, when he was pushed from power in a peaceful military coup.
Thailand's military government is blaming the attacks on former politicians who lost power in the coup. Authorities have not specifically named Mr. Thaksin as a suspect.
The new prime minister, Surayud Chulanont, is downplaying the likelihood southern insurgents are behind the attacks.

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