- - Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CHINA

State TV: 49 rescued after crash

BEIJING | A Chinese passenger jet overshot a runway in the country’s northeast and burst into flames Tuesday, but state television said 49 of the 91 people onboard had been rescued. The fate of the remaining passengers was unclear.

The Henan Airlines plane crashed in Heilongjiang province’s Yichun city, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Xinhua said more than 20 people had been hospitalized.


China Central Television quoted Sun Bangnan, deputy director of the Heilonjiang Public Security Department, as saying that 49 people had been rescued and that the fire had been put out.

The plane had taken off from Heilongjiang’s capital of Harbin shortly before 9 p.m. and crashed during landing at the Lindu airport a little more than an hour later.

An official surnamed Qi at the Yichun No. 1 People’s Hospital said 30 people had been brought there for treatment, with most suffering broken bones.

BRITAIN

Prime minister’s wife gives birth to girl

LONDON | Samantha Cameron, the wife of Britain’s prime minister, gave birth on Tuesday to the couple’s fourth child, a baby girl, while on a family holiday in the southwest of England.

David Cameron, who took office as prime minister in May, said the birth had come as “a bit of a shock” as the baby had not been expected until September, but it had gone very well.

“We’re absolutely thrilled. She is an unbelievably beautiful girl, and I’m a very proud dad,” he told British television channels outside the hospital in the town of Truro, in the picturesque region of Cornwall.

THAILAND

Russian set to be extradited to U.S.

BANGKOK | Thailand will extradite reputed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States on Wednesday to face terrorism charges, police said, despite strong opposition from Moscow.

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