WASHINGTON. – A personal phone call and the absence of a supervisor during last week's collision over New York's Hudson River has led to...
WASHINGTON. – A personal phone call and the absence of a supervisor during last week's collision over New York's Hudson River has led to two air traffic controllers being removed from duty, although officials said the actions probably had no impact on the tragedy. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement Thursday that a controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and his supervisor have been placed on administrative leave after the controller was found to be involved in "apparently inappropriate conversations" at the time of the crash between a small plane and a tour helicopter.
TEHRAN, Iran. A group of former reformist lawmakers appealed to a powerful clerical body in Iran to investigate Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's qualification to rule in an unprecedented challenge to the country's most powerful man over the post election crackdown. The call came as controversy heated up Friday over allegations that protesters detained the crackdown were tortured. Hard-line clerics across the country demanded that a senior reform leader be prosecuted for claiming that some detainees were raped by their jailers.
TAIPEI, Taiwan. Floods and mudslides unleashed by Typhoon Morakot last weekend have killed about 500 people on the island, Taiwan's president said Friday as he called on rescue crews to step up their efforts. Morakot destroyed the homes of 7,000 people and caused agricultural and property damage in excess of 50 billion New Taiwan dollars ($1.5 billion), President Ma Ying-jeou said at a national security conference, the first called since he took office 15 months ago.
LONDON. The number of homes repossessed in the UK fell 10% in the second quarter of the year compared with the previous three months, lenders say. But the 11,400 homes repossessed was a rise of 14% compared with the same period the previous year, the Council of Mortgage Lenders said.
ELLINZONA, Switzerland. A Swiss court has backed the government's plan to give aid agencies $6 million seized from bank accounts linked to Haiti's former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. In a ruling published Friday, the Federal Criminal Tribunal rejected an appeal by the Duvalier family, which wants to reclaim the money.