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Piece of missing Indonesian jetliner found

Published January 11, 2007


A fisherman found a piece of a jetliner missing for more than 10 days in northwestern Indonesia, the first hard evidence that the plane carrying 102 people crashed, a top search official said Thursday. The piece of Adam Air Flight KI-574's tail was recovered Wednesday from the Makassar Strait off Sulawesi Island, said Eddy Suyanto, the head of search and rescue operations. Suyanto said the serial number on the tail piece matched the one given to the search and rescue teams by Boeing. No survivors or bodies have been recovered. Among the passengers were Scott Jackson, 54, and his daughters, Stephanie, 21, and Lindsey, 18, of Oregon.

Rwandan genocide clouds asylum plea

France's refugee agency has denied a request for asylum by the widow of the late Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, saying she could have played a role in the 1994 genocide, her lawyer said Wednesday. The decision comes just weeks after Rwanda cut off diplomatic relations with France over a French probe into Habyarimana's mysterious assassination. The downing of his plane in 1994 sparked the slaughter of more than half a million people in less than 100 days. His wife, Agathe Habyarimana, 60, appealed for asylum in France in June 2004. Habyarimana is to appear Jan. 25 before a special refugee commission where she can appeal the ruling.

Trade unions threaten protests

Trade unions threatened Wednesday to escalate protests unless the government drops plans to raise taxes, adding to troubles for Lebanon's U.S.-backed prime minister amid an opposition campaign to bring him down. Nearly 1,000 unionists, waving Lebanese flags, gathered outside the Energy Ministry building in central Beirut in the second day of demonstrations against the proposed tax increases by the government of Prime Minister Fuad Saniora.

U.N. inspectors to visit nuclear plants

Two inspectors from the U.N. nuclear agency arrived in Iran on Wednesday to inspect the country's nuclear facilities, the official IRNA news agency reported. Iran's Parliament urged the government in late December to re-examine its ties with the International Atomic Energy Agency after the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions against Tehran over its disputed nuclear program. The two IAEA inspectors were conducting routine investigations of Iran's nuclear facilities in the cities of Isfahan and Natanz, the report said.

Elsewhere ...

India launches satellite: India on Wednesday launched a rocket carrying a satellite designed to test re-entry vehicle technology that could be used in a future manned space mission. The rocket was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The rocket also put the first Indonesian-built satellite into space, Indonesian officials said.

10 killed in building collapse: A four-story building under construction in Allahabad, in north India, collapsed Wednesday, killing 10 workers and injuring at least 25, police said.

Oil workers kidnapped: Gunmen stormed a compound housing expatriate pipeline workers in Nigeria's oil-rich southern region Wednesday, kidnapping nine South Koreans and a Nigerian, officials said.



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