- The Washington Times - Monday, July 10, 2000

Mexican plane crash kills all 19 aboard

MEXICO CITY All 19 persons, including four children, aboard a Mexican domestic airliner were killed when their British Aerospace Jet Stream J-32 plane crashed Saturday night in southern Chiapas state, officials said.

"There were 19 people on board, and there are no survivors," Enrique Cordero of the National Civil Protection Agency told Reuters news agency.

Authorities were removing the bodies from the crash site in a heavily forested area of southern Chiapas state, he said.

It was not immediately known if any foreigners were aboard the plane, but a list of passengers released by the airline had two children named McDade.

U.S. servicemanarrested in Japan

NAHA, Japan Police arrested a U.S. Air Force serviceman on suspicion that he drove through a red light yesterday and hit a pedestrian, the latest in a string of reported crimes on the southern island of Okinawa involving the U.S. military.

Sgt. Johnny S. Miller, stationed at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, was arrested later in the day when he returned to the street corner where he hit 27-year-old Takeya Higa, said police official Jun Yogi.

Sgt. Miller, 21, fled after hitting Mr. Higa, who was knocked unconscious. A friend who was with the victim gave police the car's license plate number, said another officer, Akira Toyama. Sgt. Miller later told police he was the one who hit Mr. Higa, Mr. Toyama said.

Explosions rocksouthern Russia

MOSCOW Two bombs exploded at an outdoor food market and a department store in southern Russia yesterday, killing at least seven persons and wounding 18 others.

Yesterday's explosion at the market in Vladikavkaz killed at least five persons and wounded 16, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. An explosive device was placed under a car near the market entrance, ministry spokesman Vasily Yurchuk said. The other explosion yesterday, in a department store in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, killed two persons and wounded two others.

The explosion at the market in Vladikavkaz, the regional capital of North Ossetia, came more than a year after a bomb at the same marketplace killed more than 50 people. Russian officials blamed that bombing on separatists from Chechnya.

Harrods bansPrince Philip

LONDON Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, is no longer welcome at London's luxurious Harrods department store, its owner, Egyptian billionaire Mohammed al Fayed, said yesterday.

Mr. al Fayed has repeatedly accused the royal family of masterminding a plot to assassinate Princess Diana and Mr. al Fayed's son, Dodi, who died in August 1997 in a Paris car crash.

The Harrods' owner has specifically named Prince Philip in his assassination theory, saying the Duke of Edinburgh conspired with British secret service agents to murder the couple.

Insurgents attack northern Liberian town

MONROVIA, Liberia Dissidents based in Guinea launched a cross-border attack on Liberia, state-controlled radio reported yesterday, blaming British arms shipments for raising tensions in the region.

The attack was launched Saturday morning on the small border town of Koryama in Liberia's northern Lofa county, the KISS-FM radio station said. Details were sketchy and there was no word of casualties. The station said government troops beat back the unidentified insurgents.

TV journalists missing in the Philippines

JOLO, Philippines A three-member French television crew was reported missing yesterday on a southern Philippine island where Islamic rebels have been holding 20 mostly foreign hostages for almost three months.

Provincial Police Chief Candido Casimiro said reporters from the France 2 television network went close to rebel-held areas in Mindanao yesterday morning and had not returned by late evening.

Based on wire dispatches and staff reports

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