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Russia Airliner Crashes, Killing All 88 People on Board


RUSSIA PLANE CRASH: Russian officials say a Russian airliner crashed in the Ural mountains early today (Sunday), killing all 88 people on board.
An emergency situations ministry spokeswoman (Irina Andrianova) said the Boeing-737, operated by Russia's Aeroflot airline, crashed while traveling from Moscow to the central city of Perm. She said the plane carried 82 passengers and six crew members.
There were 21 foreigners among those killed.
Officials say debris from the plane damaged part of the Trans-Siberian Railway. The were no reports of any deaths on the ground.

HURRICANE IKE: Rescuers in helicopters, boats and high-water trucks have deployed along the southern coast of Texas to aid people who ignored evacuation orders and were stranded by Hurricane Ike.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said Saturday the largest search and rescue effort in state history is underway in hard-hit areas. He said emergency responders have made around one thousand rescues already.
Authorities fear thousands of victims could be trapped in their homes for days, waiting to be rescued.

THAILAND POLITICS: Thailand's acting prime minister has lifted a state of emergency in the capital, Bangkok, 12 days after it was put into place following violent clashes between pro- and anti-government forces.
Somchai Wongsawat told a news conference today (Sunday) that while political tensions remain, there is no reason to continue the state of emergency. Emergency rule began on September second after clashes left one dead and dozens injured.

Indian police say they detained at least 10 people in overnight raids in connection with a series of bomb blasts in New Delhi that killed at least 30 people and wounded up to 100 more.

INDIA BLASTS: Authorities say the bombs exploded within the short span of 30 minutes on Saturday at four crowded markets in the heart of the Indian capital. Police discovered and defused four more bombs at other locations.

AFGHANISTAN: A provincial police chief in Afghanistan says a suicide bomb attack has killed two Afghan doctors working for the United Nations.
The attack occurred today (Sunday) while a U.N. convoy was traveling near the town of Spin Boldak in southern Kandahar province.


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