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British Airways still off schedule

By wire services
Published August 14, 2005


LONDON - British Airways resumed hundreds of flights Saturday at one of the world's busiest airports, while pleading for continued patience from thousands of passengers stranded by a ground-crew walkout.

The airline said 420 out of its 500 scheduled flights were taking off from London's Heathrow airport - 85 percent of its short-haul flights and 80 percent of its long-hauls.

But with tens of thousands of passengers still backed up by a daylong strike that ended Friday, the airline said service would not reach normal levels for several more days.

Sri Lankan rebel group denies role in death

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Military jets and helicopters buzzed the Sri Lankan countryside Saturday, searching for Tamil Tiger rebels blamed for assassinating the nation's foreign minister - and sparking fears of a return to civil war.

The government has not taken steps to break a 3-year-old cease-fire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam.

S.P. Tamilselvan, the rebels' political chief, denied any role in the Friday killing of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, 73, an ethnic Tamil who led efforts to ban the Tigers as a terrorist organization but later backed peace efforts.

13 bodies recovered from Baltic Sea crash

TALLINN, Estonia - Rescue teams lifted the wreckage of a helicopter from the Baltic Sea on Saturday, three days after it crashed off Estonia's coast killing 14 people, officials said.

Divers have recovered 13 bodies, including two Americans, trapped inside the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter that crashed after takeoff Wednesday from the Estonian capital. The cause of the crash is unknown.