Cardiff Striker Emiliano Sala Feared Dead After Suspected Plane Crash


French civil aviation authorities confirmed that 28-year-old Sala “was on board the plane”. It is thought there was one other passenger on the aircraft. A statement from police on Guernsey, a British island just off the coast of France, said the pilot had requested to lower his altitude shortly before air traffic control in neighbouring Jersey lost contact with the plane.

After a search was called off on Monday because of high winds, two helicopters, two planes and a lifeboat joined renewed efforts on Tuesday morning to find the single-propeller plane.

“So far over 1,000 square miles have been searched by a total of five aircraft and two lifeboats,” Guernsey police said at 1145 GMT.

“There has been no trace of the aircraft. The search is continuing.”

– ‘Distraught’ –

Sala’s father, Horacio, told Argentine television station C5N he was “distraught” at the news, which he discovered from press reports. “I don’t know anything, I haven’t had any information. I can’t believe it, it’s incredible,” he said. “I’m distraught. Hopefully everything will be OK.”

Sala, who had been at Nantes since 2015 and had scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with relegation-threatened Cardiff subject to receiving international clearance. Neither club has commented publicly on the disappearance, but Nantes have had their French Cup match against third-tier side Entente SSG on Wednesday postponed.

Meanwhile, Nantes fan group ‘A La Nantaise’ released a statement calling for supporters of Sala’s former club to gather in the centre of the city for a vigil at 6:30pm (1730 GMT).

When he put pen to paper at Cardiff on Saturday, Sala, who also has Italian nationality, said in a statement: “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.

“For me it feels special (to be the club’s record signing). I have come here wanting to work and to help my team-mates and the club.”

Sala’s last post on Instagram showed him surrounded by players from Nantes. “La ultima ciao (the last goodbye),” he wrote.

Cardiff, who currently sit third from bottom of the English Premier League with 19 points, said they were “very concerned”.

“We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala,” the club said in a statement.

The accident, if confirmed, comes only three months after the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City football club died in a helicopter crash that shocked the club and supporters around the world.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died on October 27 shortly after taking off from the pitch of the club’s stadium in central England.

Disconnected cockpit pedals, which are used to control the rotor on the helicopter’s tail, were found to be the cause of the accident by investigators.



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Cardiff Striker Emiliano Sala Feared Dead After Suspected Plane Crash


French civil aviation authorities confirmed that 28-year-old Sala “was on board the plane”. It is thought there was one other passenger on the aircraft. A statement from police on Guernsey, a British island just off the coast of France, said the pilot had requested to lower his altitude shortly before air traffic control in neighbouring Jersey lost contact with the plane.

After a search was called off on Monday because of high winds, two helicopters, two planes and a lifeboat joined renewed efforts on Tuesday morning to find the single-propeller plane.

“So far over 1,000 square miles have been searched by a total of five aircraft and two lifeboats,” Guernsey police said at 1145 GMT.

“There has been no trace of the aircraft. The search is continuing.”

– ‘Distraught’ –

Sala’s father, Horacio, told Argentine television station C5N he was “distraught” at the news, which he discovered from press reports. “I don’t know anything, I haven’t had any information. I can’t believe it, it’s incredible,” he said. “I’m distraught. Hopefully everything will be OK.”

Sala, who had been at Nantes since 2015 and had scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with relegation-threatened Cardiff subject to receiving international clearance. Neither club has commented publicly on the disappearance, but Nantes have had their French Cup match against third-tier side Entente SSG on Wednesday postponed.

Meanwhile, Nantes fan group ‘A La Nantaise’ released a statement calling for supporters of Sala’s former club to gather in the centre of the city for a vigil at 6:30pm (1730 GMT).

When he put pen to paper at Cardiff on Saturday, Sala, who also has Italian nationality, said in a statement: “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.

“For me it feels special (to be the club’s record signing). I have come here wanting to work and to help my team-mates and the club.”

Sala’s last post on Instagram showed him surrounded by players from Nantes. “La ultima ciao (the last goodbye),” he wrote.

Cardiff, who currently sit third from bottom of the English Premier League with 19 points, said they were “very concerned”.

“We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala,” the club said in a statement.

The accident, if confirmed, comes only three months after the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City football club died in a helicopter crash that shocked the club and supporters around the world.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died on October 27 shortly after taking off from the pitch of the club’s stadium in central England.

Disconnected cockpit pedals, which are used to control the rotor on the helicopter’s tail, were found to be the cause of the accident by investigators.



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3 Dead After Russian Bomber Crashes During Training Flight


Officials said Tu-22M3 plane made a hard landing after a training flight. (Representational)

Moscow: 

Three Russian bomber crew members died and another was injured when their plane crashed on a training flight Tuesday, Moscow’s defense ministry said, days after a deadly collision between two jets.

“A Tu-22M3 plane made a hard landing after a training flight due to going into a snow flurry,” falling apart on impact, TASS agency quoted the defense ministry as saying. 

“Two pilots have been sent to a medical facility… two crew members have died,” it said. The plane was not carrying munitions, it said.

A third pilot died from injuries later, a representative of the regional trauma hospital told the agency.

The incident occurred in Russia’s northern Murmansk region. Sources told Russian agencies that emergency services were trying to put out a fire at the accident site.

Tu-22M3 is a strategic long-range bomber originally developed in the 1970s. Some of these planes participated in Russia’s Syria campaign, their strikes against Islamic State jihadists widely publicised on Russian television.

A crew of four operates the plane.

The accident comes less than a week after two Su-34 bombers collided in the Russian Far East during a scheduled training exercise last Friday.

Only one of the four crew members involved, all of whom were able to eject, has been rescued alive. Bodies of two pilots were recovered, while the fourth person has not been found.

The two recovered bodies are to be buried on Wednesday in their Siberian hometown Barnaul, local media said.

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At Least 11 Dead As Two Ships With Indian Crew Catch Fire Off Russia


2 ships with Indian and Turkish crew caught fire in the Kerch Strait, separating Russia from Crimea (AFP)

Moscow: 

Two ships carrying Indian, Turkish and Libyan crew members have caught fire in the Kerch Strait separating Crimea from Russia, killing at least 11 persons, media reports said on Tuesday.

The fire broke out on Monday off Russia’s territorial waters. Both vessels were flying Tanzanian flags. One of them was a liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier and another one was a tanker. The fire broke out as the two ships were transferring fuel from one to the other.

One of the ships, the Candy, had a 17-member crew, including nine Turkish citizens and eight Indian nationals.

The other one, the Maestro, had a 15-member crew, including seven Turkish nationals, seven Indian citizens and an intern from Libya, Russian news agency Tass quoted the maritime authority as saying.

At least 11 sailors have died, the Russian Maritime Agency said, according to a report by Russian television network RT news.

“Presumably, an explosion occurred (on one of the vessels). Then the fire spread to the other vessel. A rescue tug is en route,” said a spokesman for the Russian Maritime Agency.

Some sailors managed to escape the burning ships by jumping off the vessels. Twelve persons have been rescued from the sea so far. Nine sailors are still listed as missing, the spokesperson said.

Severe weather conditions at sea have prevented rescue ships from taking victims to the shore for medical treatment, the report added.

The Kerch Strait is a key waterway that holds strategic importance for both Russia and Ukraine. It is an important economic lifeline for Ukraine that allows ships leaving the port city of Mariupol to access the Black Sea.

It’s also the the closest point of access for Russia to Crimea, a peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014. A Russian-built bridge over the Kerch Strait opened in May last year.
 





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8 dead after boat capsized near Karwar in Karnataka: news agency ANI


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कर्नाटक के करवाड़ में नाव पलटने (Boat Capsized) से  8 लोगों की मौत हो गई. बताया जा रहा है कि नाव पर कुल 26 लोग सवार थे. घटना के बाद इंडियन नेवी और कोस्टगार्ड के संयुक्त ऑपरेशन में अबतक 8 शव बरामद किए गए हैं. बाकी लोगों की तलाश जारी है. बता दें कि शुरुआत में 6 लोगों के मारे जाने की खबर थी, लेकिन यह आंकड़ा धीरे-धीरे बढ़ रहा है.

 





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12 Security Officers Dead After Taliban Attacks Afghan Military Base


An official said that two gunmen who tried to enter the compound were shot dead. (FILE PHOTO)

KABUL: 

The Afghan Taliban killed at least 12 security force members in a car bomb attack on a military base in the central province of Maidan Wardak on Monday, officials said.

Two gunmen who tried to enter the compound were shot dead, Mohebullah Sharifzai, spokesman for the Maidan Wardak provincial governor, said.

“A (second) car, packed with explosives, was also discovered and defused,” he added.

Mohammad Salem Asgharkhil, the province’s health director, said 28 wounded members of the security forces had been taken to hospital.

“Looking at the damage, the number of casualties may rise and our health team is still searching for victims,” he told Reuters.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said had killed or wounded dozens.

The insurgents have increased attacks in recent months in their effort to overthrow the Western-backed government and restore their version of hardline Islamic law, even as talks with the United States to try to end the 17-year war have gathered pace.

Strategically located along the route connecting Kabul to the south, Maidan Wardak is a staging ground for suicide bombings in the capital by insurgents who control nearby mountain villages.

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Number Of Dead From Mexico Fuel Explosion Rises To 79: Official


Hundreds of people had been drawn to the place where suspected fuel thieves tapped into a pipeline.

Tlahuelilpan, Mexico: 

The death toll from a fiery explosion in central Mexico rose to 79 on Sunday as authorities vowed to hold accountable those responsible for a fuel-line leak that drew hundreds of people looking to gather gasoline.

The search for remains at the site of the explosion in the state of Hidalgo ended late Saturday but officials indicated that the death toll could still rise.

Health Minister Jorge Alcocer said 66 people were hospitalized in Hidalgo, and others in worse conditions had been moved to Mexico City for specialized treatment.

“There are patients in serious condition with burns of more than 80 percent (of their bodies),” he said, adding that their prognosis was “reserved.”

Alcocer said the remains of six more bodies had been recovered before the search ended late Saturday, raising the death toll to 79.

Family members of the victims have called on the government to continue the search for remains and to bring back forensic experts for that purpose.

Funerals already have begun, but the handover of remains has been slow because many of the victims were burned beyond recognition.

The Hidalgo state prosecutor said 54 of the dead could not be readily identified, and require DNA analysis.

Mourners began arriving little by little at the home of one of the victims, while in the adjacent street a hearse carried another victim.

“He’s gone forever,” sobbed a woman as the remains of Cesar Jimenez were transferred to a church for a funeral mass attended by dozens of relatives and friends.

Hundreds drawn to fuel leak

Hundreds of people had been drawn to the place where suspected fuel thieves tapped into a pipeline in the town of Tlahuelilpan.

Images captured by local media showed a torrent of fuel escaping from a pipeline as people converged on the site with buckets and jerrycans to collect gasoline.

A massive explosion engulfed the area in flames, and local media showed images of people screaming as they fled, their clothes in flames, some with severe burns.

Asked whether those hospitalized would be considered suspects, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz said investigators do not seek to “victimize the communities.”

“We are going to find those responsible for actions that generated this tragedy,” he said. “Victimizing the whole population is not (the investigation’s) function nor is it established in the law.”

The disaster came during a crackdown by the new government of President Manuel Lopez Obrador on fuel thefts, which triggered shortages of gasoline.

On Friday, when authorities heard that fuel traffickers had punctured the pipeline, an army unit of about 25 soldiers arrived and attempted to block off the area, Defense Secretary Luis Crescencio Sandoval told reporters.  

But the soldiers were unable to contain the estimated 700 civilians — including entire families — who swarmed in to collect the spilled gasoline, witnesses said.

The armed soldiers had been moved away from the pipeline to avoid any risk of confrontation with the crowd when the blast occurred, about two hours after the pipeline was first breached, Sandoval said.

Lopez Obrador, a leftist who took office only weeks ago, traveled to the scene early Saturday.

He did not fault the soldiers, saying: “The attitude of the army was correct. It is not easy to impose order on a crowd.” He vowed to continue fighting the growing problem of fuel theft.

“I am deeply saddened by the suffering in Tlahuelilpan,” Lopez Obrador wrote on Twitter. He called on his “whole government” to extend assistance.

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2 Dead, 22 Injured After Fire Breaks Out At Courchevel Ski Resort In France


Around 70 firemen had brought the fire under control by day-break.

Lyon: 

Two people died Sunday and 22 more were injured, four seriously, in a major fire at the ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps, officials said.

The pre-dawn blaze forced the evacuation of some 60 resort workers, including foreigners, from a three-storey accommodation building.

Firemen found the two unidentified bodies in a burnt-out area of the building in the upmarket Courchevel 1850 ski station.

Three of the four badly injured were flown to hospital by helicopter, the local officials said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known but around 70 firemen had brought it under control by day-break.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner tweeted condolences to the families and friends of the dead and paid tribute to the firemen who tackled the blaze.

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In Madhya Pradesh, BJP Leader Manoj Thackeray Found Dead, Second Death In A Week


Barwani, Madhya Pradesh: 

Madhya Pradesh BJP leader Manoj Thackeray was found dead in an open field in Barwani today. He is the second BJP leader, who was murdered in less than a week in the state. Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accused the Congress government of making the “death of BJP leaders one after another a cruel joke.”

Mr Chouhan took to twitter this morning and shredded the Kamal Nath-led Congress government, over the law and order situation in the state. 

“One after the other, the killing of BJP leaders is a serious matter. The state government is not taking it seriously and making a cruel joke of it. Popular BJP leader Manoj Thackeray was killed in broad daylight in the state home minister’s backyard,” Mr Chouhan tweeted.

“Criminals have become bold and law and order situation has crumbled under the present Congress government,” said the former Chief Minister. The BJP will be forced to take to the streets if the criminals are not caught immediately, said Mr Chouhan.

“Mr Thackeray had gone out for his routine morning walk. A blood stained rock was found at the crime spot,” senior police officials told NDTV.

The month-old Congress government in Madhya Pradesh has been facing severe criticism after a series of brazen murders in the last seven days. BJP leader and civic body chairman of Mandsaur, Prahlad Bandhwar, 50, was shot in full public view on Thursday. A day after the incident, Manish Bajrangi, a BJP worker was arrested in connection with the murder, from Rajasthan.

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, the BJP will take to the streets if criminals are not caught soon

Chief Minister Kamal Nath told reporters, yesterday, that Mr Bandwar’s son had named Manish Bajrangi, a local BJP worker, in the FIR. The police had claimed that dispute over a piece of land was behind the murder.

“Killing Prahlad Bandhwar over a paltry sum of Rs 25,000 is unacceptable argument,” tweeted Mr Chouhan, and said that there must be a “conspiracy” behind it. The former chief minister demanded a CBI inquiry.

“Criminals are roaming free and innocent people are being killed. Is this the ‘change’ the Congress promised during the election campaign?’ said Mr Chouhan.

On the same day when Mr Bandhwar was killed, a second murder took place at a busy marketplace in Indore. Sandeep Agarwal, 45, a builder and local businessman was shot. His family alleged that there was an ongoing dispute with his business partners over payments.

As many as 30 suspects have been detained and are being questioned, said the police. “I spoke to senior police officers in Indore. The deputy inspector general assured me that the police will catch the accused soon. We have also directed them to ensure such cases are not repeated in future,” said state home minister Bala Bachhan.





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14-Year-Old Antonio Arce Carrying Replica Handgun Shot Dead By Police While Running


Antonio Arce’s death raised questions about when and how soon should police officers use fatal force.

The shooting happened within seconds. The police officer draws his gun as he tries to get the suspect’s attention. He sees the male suspect running. He orders him to show his hands, but the latter keeps running. He fires two shots, striking the suspect – who turns out to be a 14-year-old boy carrying a replica handgun.

The Tuesday confrontation was captured on the police officer’s body camera, the footage from which was released this week by the police department in Tempe, Arizona, amid growing outcry over the boy’s death. Local activists describe the shooting as the murder of a child, whose mother screamed “Necesito justicia!” (“I need justice”) repeatedly at a Thursday night rally in front of the police headquarters.

Officials, meanwhile, urge the community to withhold judgment while they investigate what Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir described as a “rapidly evolving situation.”

“I must begin with expressing my deepest condolences to the young man’s family. . . . I am very sorry for their loss,” Moir said, reading from a piece of paper at a news conference Friday. Displayed next to her were several enlarged photographs: the alley where the teen was shot, the gray pickup truck where the police officer found him, the replica handgun authorities say he was carrying.

The shooting happened in the middle of the day Tuesday. Officer Jaen – Tempe police did not release his first name – was sent to an alley in a neighborhood where a 911 caller had reported that someone in a gray pickup truck parked behind his house was “taking stuff” from a backyard.

Jaen parked in front of the pickup truck, got out of his marked car, and hid behind a large trash can. He saw the suspect moving inside the truck, then the front passenger door opened.

“Hey,” the officer said, drawing his gun.

Four seconds later, the officer started running.

“Let me see your hands!” he screamed as the suspect ran.

Another four seconds later, he fired his first shot, and then another.

“998, 998, shots fired, shots fired!” the officer screamed, using the police code for an officer-involved shooting. “He’s got a handgun,” he said later.

The officer found the teen down the alley, lying between the street and the sidewalk, Moir, the police chief, told reporters Friday. One bullet hit his shoulder area; another struck a wall at the end of the alley. The firearm he was carrying was a 1911 replica model airsoft gun, Moir said.

The teen, identified by family members and local activists as Antonio Arce, died at a hospital.

Moir said the teen, whom she did not name because of his age, had just stolen the Airsoft gun and other items from inside the pickup truck. Two witnesses had also reported seeing the suspect with a gun in his hands, Moir told reporters.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on leave while criminal and administrative investigations are ongoing. Prosecutors will decide whether he should face criminal charges. Jaen has been a police officer for 17 years, 14 of which he spent with Tempe police, Moir said. Jaen also served in the Army National Guard from 2007 to 2013 and was deployed to Iraq in 2011.

Tempe police did not respond to a request from The Washington Post for copies of the two-minute video and the 911 call, both of which were given to local media outlets Friday.

The teen’s death raised familiar questions about when and how soon should police officers use fatal force. At a rally outside the police headquarters Thursday night, speakers accused the officer of resorting to lethal methods too quickly. Arce deserved a fair trial, not a bullet in his back, they said.

“I want justice! I need justice,” the teen’s mother, Sandra Gonzalez, screamed repeatedly as she held a bright-yellow poster with her son’s picture.

The teen’s older brother, Jason, has filled his Facebook profile with impassioned posts about Arce.

“I never got to say goodbye to hermanito . . . i never got to tell you i love you bro, so much memories so much time together, seeing you grow up! … why you! why you!?” Jason Gonzalez wrote.

The Tempe Officers Association defended Jaen and echoed Moir’s calls to let the investigations take their course.

“No Tempe police officer goes to work hoping to use his or her service weapon in the line of duty,” Rob Ferraro, the association’s president, said in a statement. “We do so only under the most serious circumstances, in moments that require split-second reactions and decision making. . . . While each of us is only human, we strive at all times to make the most correct and best possible decisions, because the public we serve expects nothing less.”

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