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One survives plane crash that kills 77 in Algeria

Algeria

One Survives plane crash that kills 77

An Algerian military transport plane slammed into a mountain Tuesday in the country's rugged eastern region, killing 77 people including women and children, and leaving just one survivor, the Defense Ministry said. Air traffic controllers lost radio and radar contact with the U.S.-built C-130 Hercules turboprop just before noon and dispatched helicopters to try to find it. The plane was discovered in pieces on Mount Fortas near the town of Ain Kercha. The plane carried 74 passengers and four crew members, the military said, blaming poor weather for the crash. The survivor was a soldier who suffered head injuries, officials said.

Washington

Diplomacy on Syria failing, U.S. says

The Obama administration acknowledged Tuesday that diplomacy, the main pillar of its Syria policy, is failing even as civil war is destroying the country, leaving open the question of what the United States will or can do to stop the slaughter. Negotiations between the Syrian government and parts of the opposition are "far from achieving" a peaceful end to the conflict, President Barack Obama said, and in Geneva, the United Nations envoy leading the talks said they aren't getting anywhere.

Taiwan

China, rival hold first direct talks

Representatives of Taiwan and China held their first official talks on Tuesday since the end of China's civil war in 1949, a meeting expected to produce few concrete results but one that was a symbolic development in the easing of the two sides' longtime rivalry. The setting was a resort hotel in the Chinese city of Nanjing, which was at times the capital of Chiang Kai-shek's Republic of China before its government fled to Taiwan after being defeated by Mao Tse-tung's Communist forces.

Elsewhere

Washington: In what animal conservationists hailed as a "significant milestone" in the global fight against elephant poaching, the Obama administration on Tuesday announced a ban on nearly all ivory sales in the United States.

South Korea: Officials from the rival Koreas met today at a border village, their highest-level talks in years and a potential signal the North wants better ties.

Olympia, Wash.: Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty for as long as he's in office.

Times wires

One survives plane crash that kills 77 in Algeria 02/11/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:32am]

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