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Plane flying from Cyprus to Istanbul, Turkey hijacked

Plane flying from Cyprus to Istanbul, Turkey hijacked

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

A Bombardier CRJ-900 operated by Atlastjet Airlines and traveling from Lefkosa (Nicosia), Cyprus to Istanbul, has been hijacked by two men claiming to be al-Qaeda terrorists with bombs.

According to reports, the plane landed at an airport in Antalya, Turkey. At least 136 passengers and six crew members were on the plane, but most reportedly escaped. The hijackers were releasing women from the front of the plane, when most of the passengers and crew escaped through the back. Two crewmembers and four passengers remain on the plane, Tuncay Doganer, president of Atlasjet, said. Doganer said that the hijackers spoke Arabic among themselves, and the AP is reporting that the they are university students from Iran.

The hijackers requested the plane land in Tehran, Iran or Syria. Pilots landed the plane for refueling, but reports say that the pilots were among those who have been released or escaped.

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Materazzi reveals slur he uttered at 2006 FIFA World Cup

Materazzi reveals slur he uttered at 2006 FIFA World Cup

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Italy and Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi revealed the slur he said to Zinedine Zidane at last year’s FIFA World Cup in Germany, which led to Zidane’s headbutting of Materazzi and subsequent red card for Zidane.

Materazzi said in an interview with the TV Sorrisi e Canzoni magazine that the insult was: “I prefer the whore that is your sister.” The Interview is set to be released on Monday.

Materazzi had mentioned previously that the insult involved Zidane’s sister, but had never given the exact words until now.



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Small plane makes crash landing in Massachusetts, USA

Small plane makes crash landing in Massachusetts, USA

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

A small plane crash landed in heavy fog on the southeastern part of Nantucket Island near Low Beach Road in Massachusetts between 8:30 p..m. and 8:45 p.m. EDT (UTC-4).

FAA spokesperson Holly Baker said that the pilot who was flying with his wife made a hard landing at Siasconset.

Police cordoned off the area and about a dozen emergency vehicles responded to the incident. Numerous residents reported a loud noise which they mistakenly believed to be an explosion.

The plane involved in the crash had been fitted with a parachute, which is designed to reduce the speed of an emergency landing and limit crash damage. The plane’s parachute had been deployed before the crash, according to Lieutenant Jerry Adams of the Nantucket police department.

Both the pilot and his wife were taken to the hospital for observation. Serious injuries were not reported.

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Finland claims second world record for karaoke

Finland claims second world record for karaoke

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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Finland now holds the world record for the longest non-stop round of karaoke singing. The country already holds the record for the largest number of karaoke singers at any given time.

The previous record was 145 hours, as held by China. However, in a karaoke bar in Kouvola, a small town on Finland’s southern coast, the record was surpassed on Wednesday, with the ultimate goal being 240 hours non-stop.

Finns travelled long distances to participate at the event, which was broadcast live on the internet.

The record goes alongside Finland’s other record for karaoke, that of the largest number singing at any given time. This is held by 80,000 fans of the Finnish hard rock band Lordi, who had met in Helsinki for the band to give a brief free concert to celebrate their victory at that year’s Eurovision. The show culminated with all 80,000 joining in with the band on the winning song, Hard Rock Hallelujah.

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Hurricane Dean forecasted to become \”catastrophic\” Category 5 storm

Hurricane Dean forecasted to become “catastrophic” Category 5 storm

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Hurricane Dean forecast update at 8 a.m. (EDT) update on August 18, 2007, courtesy of NOAA.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is calling Hurricane Dean “extremely dangerous,” saying that the storm is gaining strength and will likely become a Category 5 storm. The storm’s winds are currently clocked at 150 mph, classifying it as a Category 4 hurricane. A Category 5 hurricane means the storm has winds of over 155 mph and has the potential to cause “catastrophic” damage.

Dean is currently moving through the eastern Caribbean, and is heading towards the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The storm is expected to hit Jamaica on Sunday, and then gain even more power as it strikes Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula on Monday.

Dean could hit the mainland of the United States on Wednesday. Therefore, officials in Texas and Louisiana are currently making major preparations.

Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, said the hurricane is an “imminent threat,” saying the state is preparing for its arrival. Task forces have been put on alert, and supply trucks and other resources are in position.

Governor Kathleen Blanco of Louisiana declared a state of emergency yesterday so local governments can move forward with emergency plans if necessary. However, forecasters say there is little chance of Dean moving toward Louisiana. Instead, the storm is expected to threaten Mexico or Texas.

A hurricane watch has been issued for Haiti from the Haiti/Dominican Republic border to Port-au-Prince. Jamaica has opened all shelters and Cuba has declared a “state of alert” in preparation for the storm.

A tropical storm warning remains in effect for the U.S. and Spanish Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

At 5 a.m. EDT, the center of Hurricane Dean was about 240 miles south-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and 660 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and was moving west at 14 mph. However, the storm is expected to pick up speed today.

Hurricane Dean could force NASA to cut short Endeavour’s flight. Mission management team chairman Leroy Cain said, “We’d really like to protect an option to be able to end the mission on Tuesday.”

The Associated Press reports several deaths and significant damage on the islands of St. Lucia, Dominica and Martinique.

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