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Miami-Dade police say they believe
they have found the body of Florida man
who fell from a private plane into the
waters o South Florida.
Authorities say they presume the body
found in a mangrove area yesterday is
that of 42-year-old Gerardo Nales, but
are waiting on o cial identi cation from
the medical examiner.
e pilot of the Piper PA 46 called
for help ursday afternoon, radioing,
"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday" and telling
an air tra c controller that a door was
open and a passenger had fallen from the
e aircraft had just taken o from
Tamiami Executive Airport
Federal Aviation Administration
o cials said the plane was ying at
about 600m, some 13km south-east of
the Tamiami airport.
Authorities said investigators have no
evidence of foul play. --- AP
Body of plane
fall victim found
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Residents wait to get food aid outside a church that is also being used as burial site in Tanauan, Leyte.
Slow aid effort slated
A Boeing 737 belonging to a
domestic Russian airline has crashed
while attempting to land at an airport
in western Tatarstan, killing all 50
people on board, Russia's Emergency
Situations Ministry said.
"According to preliminary infor-
mation, all the people on board the
ight, 44 passengers and six crew
members, were killed," a ministry
spokeswoman told AFP.
" ere were no children among the
passengers," she added.
e local branch of the ministry said
in an earlier statement that 44 people
had died when the airliner, arriving
from Moscow's Domodedovo airport,
crashed on landing in the city of
Kazan at 7.25pm (local time).
e Tatarstan Airlines plane "hit
the runway and burst into ames",
Russia's Investigative Committee said
in a statement.
e news agency Itar-Tass said the
plane then "exploded", quoting a local
Local news agencies reported the
plane had tried to land three times
"According to preliminary
information all 50 bodies of the
victims were found at the scene of
the crash," an o cial at the local
emergency medical centre said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
"expressed his condolences to the
relatives of the victims in this horrible
disaster" and ordered a government
commission be set up to investigate
the cause, said Putin's spokesman
Dmitry Peskov, quoted by the news
e Investigative Committee said
an inquiry had been opened to
determine whether there had been
"violation of aviation security rules"
and added that several inspectors
had been sent to the scene of the
Pilot error was one of three
preliminary lines of inquiry, along
with weather conditions and technical
Vladimir Markin said, quoted by
Kazan airport was temporarily
closed, the agency said.
Air safety in Russia is a major
issue for the authorities following a
severe deterioration in the quality of
domestic services after the collapse of
the Soviet Union.
O cials blame most problems on
pilot inexperience as well as poor
maintenance by the small and poorly
regulated airlines that have sprouted
up across Russia in the past two
Kazan is the capital city of the
Russian republic of Tatarstan. It is
about 800km east of Moscow. --- AFP
Russian airliner crash kills 50
Doris Lessing, the Nobel prize-
winning, free-thinking, world-travelling
and often-polarising author of e
Golden Notebook and dozens of other
novels that re ected her own improbable
journey across the former British empire,
has died. She was 94.
Her publisher, Harper Collins, said
the author of more than 55 works of
ction, opera, non ction and poetry,
died peacefully at her home in London
She won the Nobel Literature prize
in 2007. e Swedish Academy praised
Lessing for her "scepticism, re and
e targets of her vocal ire in recent years
included former United States President
George W Bush --- "a world calamity"
--- and modern women --- "smug, self-
righteous". She also raised hackles by
deeming the September 11 terrorist
attacks on the US "not that terrible."
She remains best known for e
Golden Notebook, in which heroine
Anna Wulf uses four notebooks to
bring together the separate parts of
her disintegrating life. e novel covers
a range of previously unmentionable
female conditions --- menstruation,
orgasms and frigidity --- and made
Lessing an icon for women's liberation.
But it became so widely talked about and
dissected that she later referred to it as a
"failure" and "an albatross".
Published in Britain in 1962, the book
did not make it to France or Germany
for 14 years because it was considered too
in ammatory. When it was republished
in China in 1993, 80,000 copies sold out
in two days.
For some readers and critics, however,
the book was an unwelcome exposure of
Lessing was dismissive of the Nobel
honour. After emerging from a London
black cab, groceries in hand, she was
asked repeatedly whether she was excited
about the award.
"I can't say I'm overwhelmed with
surprise," Lessing said. "I'm 88 years old
and they can't give the Nobel to someone
who's dead, so I think they were probably
thinking they'd probably better give it to
me now before I've popped o ."
She is sur vived by her daughter Jean
and granddaughters Anna and Susannah.
British novelist Doris Lessing is seen
smiling as she poses with her Nobel
Prize for Literature at the Wallace
Collection in London in January 2008.
Mobbed by hungry villagers, United
States military helicopters dropped
desperately needed aid into remote
areas of the typhoon-ravaged central
Philippines, as sur vivors of the disaster
ocked to ruined churches to pray for
their uncertain future.
e Philippines is facing up to
an enormous rebuilding task from
Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least
3974 people and left 1186 missing,
with many isolated communities yet to
receive signi cant aid despite a massive
international relief e ort.
international aid agencies face a
mounting humanitarian crisis, with
the number of people displaced by the
catastrophe estimated at four million, up
from 900,000 late last week.
President Benigno Aquino, caught o
guard by the scale of the disaster and
criticised by some for the sometimes
chaotic response, visited a ected areas
yesterday. Not for the rst time, he sought
to de ect blame for the problems on to
local authorities whose preparations he
said had fallen short.
In Guiuan, a hard-hit coastal town
in eastern Samar province, he praised
the city mayor for conducting a proper
evacuation that had limited deaths
to fewer than 100, saying that was a
contrast to other towns.
"In other places, I prefer not to talk
about it. As your president, I am not
allowed to get angry even if I am already
upset. I'll just su er through it with an
acidic stomach," Aquino said. "Until I
am satis ed with what I am seeing, I will
stay here for a while."
While aid packages have begun to
reach more remote areas, much of it
carried by helicopters brought by the
USS George Washington aircraft carrier,
the United Nations said people were
still going hungry in some mountainous
provinces. It said information about
several provinces in the west of the
Visayas region remained "limited", with
60% of people in towns in the north-
east part of Capiz province needing food
"I remain concerned about the health
and well-being of the millions of men,
women and children who are still in
desperate need," UN humanitarian chief
Valerie Amos said in a statement.
e risk of skin and respiratory
diseases and diarrhoea was very high,
with hospital and health centres badly
"It's raining a lot so everything is wet.
e quality of the water is not su cient,"
Jean Pletinckx, head of Medecins
Sans Frontieres' Haiyan response, told
"In Guiuan, the city is completely
destroyed. ere's nothing left.
Everything is broken. e hospital is
In Cabungaan, a village in the interior
of Leyte province's Tanauan district
--- where as many as 1200 died --- the
arrival of a US Seahawk helicopter
yesterday was the rst outside help since
Haiyan made landfall.
With children in the lead, scores of
villagers ran from jury-rigged shanties
to greet the helicopter as it settled in a
attened patch of grass. Locals jostled
for a view, beaming and yelling " ank
you! ank you!" as two crew members
rushed out aid marked "from the
For the past week, the village's 200-plus
residents had been living on one meal a
day of "dried sh, sometimes coconuts,
not enough rice," Richel Maballo, 19,
said. Too far from the shore to be hit by
the surge of water that devastated the
regional capital Tacloban city, the village
su ered no deaths.
Back in the air, a member of the
aircraft's crew, Jeremy Smith, scribbled
in a notebook: " at LZ (landing zone)
was tame compared to others where the
aircrafts have been mobbed."
e international community has
sent or pledged a total of $US248
million ($NZ297 million) to help 10
million people a ected by Haiyan, the
Philippine Foreign Ministry said.
e United States has about 50 ships
and aircraft operating in the area,
including 10 C-130 planes, 12 V-22
Ospreys, Seahawk helicopters operating
from USS George Washington.
Japan has sent three ships with trucks
and engineering equipment, while
ailand, Indonesia and Singapore have
sent C-130 planes to help deliver relief
Aquino said he was not satis ed with
the slow pace of aid distribution and
called for more e cient loading and
unloading of relief packs from ports in
Luzon and for the urgent restoration of
power and communications.
e government estimated damage to
infrastructure and agriculture at about
$230m, the bulk of it in the farming
e United Nations warned the
economic and human costs could rise if
aid did not reach farmers in rice-growing
regions in time for the next planting
season in December and January. It also
said that shing, another crucial food
source, had been placed in jeopardy by
In Tacloban, church-goers in the
deeply religious Roman Catholic-
majority country knelt in prayer in the
shells of ruined churches.
In Hong Kong, thousands of Filipinos,
many domestic helpers on their one
day o work, rallied yesterday in
parks, churches and streets to raise aid
donations and pray for their loved ones
Tearful Filipinos lined church pews in
Hong Kong in a string of masses, while
others packed boxes of relief supplies
to be whisked away by courier rms
o ering their services for free.
United States Navy aircrewman second class Jason Rimando, from Torrance,
California, passes containers of water to Filipino civilians in in Henane,
e German recluse whose billion-
dollar art hoard was seized by
authorities has broken his silence to
ask for the pictures back and to deny
his father, an art dealer for Hitler, had
extorted any from Jewish owners.
In an interview with Der Spiegel,
his rst substantive comments since
the mysterious trove was revealed two
weeks ago, 80-year-old Cornelius
Gurlitt recalled helping his father
save some of the works from wartime
Dresden and said the State had no
right to impound treasures he called
the love of his life.
Compared to the deaths of his
father Hildebrand, his mother or
his sister, "parting with my pictures
was the most painful of all", Gurlitt
told the magazine. "I haven't loved
anything more than my pictures in
my life. But hopefully it will all be
cleared up soon and I will nally get
my pictures back."
Dismissing suggestions he might
return some of the 1406 paintings
and drawings to survivors of Nazi
persecution, the frail-looking Gurlitt
insisted he inherited them legally and
sold only an occasional masterpiece
from his Munich apartment to cover
medical and living expenses, as he
claimed no pension.
"I'm giving nothing back willingly,"
Customs o cers found him
crossing the Swiss border by train
in 2010 with a large sum in cash,
eventually prompting a raid on his
apartment early last year. Prosecutors
con scated works by Renaissance
and Modernist masters, some long
thought lost in the war, others
e authorities valued at a billion
euros ($1.61 billion) a collection
that includes works by Picasso, Otto
Dix, Matisse, Chagall and German
expressionists like Ernst Ludwig
But Gurlitt, who kept out of sight
after the story broke, said he could
not understand what all the fuss was
"I'm not Boris Becker," he said of
the former tennis star who fell foul
of the tax authorities in Munich
a decade ago. Complaining of
journalists ringing his doorbell while
he hid inside, he added: "What do
these people want from me?"
"I am really very quiet," he said of
a lonely life without employment
and overshadowed by the legacy of a
"All I wanted was to live with my
Since another German magazine
broke the story of the nd, the Berlin
government has faced sharp criticism
at home and abroad for keeping it
secret for nearly two years.
Having initially declined to give
full details, the government has now
begun posting more on-line to help
people hunting works stolen by the
Nazis, or bought under duress, from
Jews eeing persecution before and
during the Holocaust.
But the legal status of the hoard
is unclear. Lawyers working on
reclaiming property for heirs to
Jewish collectors say Gurlitt may get
to keep at least some.
Some works may have been acquired
when the Nazis ordered German
curators to strip from their galleries
the "degenerate art" that Hitler, a
former student of painting, disliked.
Gurlitt said his father, an art
historian hired to sell such works to
raise funds for the Nazis and also
to found a 'Fuehrermuseum' near
Hitler's birthplace, would not have
stolen from Jews or taken advantage
of those forced into selling.
"It could be that my father was
o ered things privately but he
certainly wouldn't have taken it,"
Gurlitt told Der Spiegel. "He would
have considered that wrong."
Hildebrand Gurlitt used his own
partly Jewish origins, which had cost
him his job in the 1930s, to avoid
prison as a Nazi o cial after the war.
After he died in car accident in 1956,
his widow told o cials his collection
was destroyed along with the family
home in the Allied bombing of
Cornelius said he himself had had
"nothing to do with acquiring the
pictures, only with saving them".
He spoke of helping his father load
them on to a truck as Soviet troops
approached Dresden and of moving
them rst to a nearby farm, then to
the castle of an aristocrat in southern
Germany. --- Reuters
German recluse wants art hoard back
A Chinese suitor who gave his future
bride an auspicious 8.88 million yuan
($1.74 million) in cash has drawn public
anger for the extravagant display of
wealth in the still-developing country.
Some 18 porters transported baskets
and boxes lled with the money, which
together weighed more than 102kg, the
Shanghai Daily newspaper reported.
Photos showed bamboo baskets
stacked with bundles of 100 yuan notes,
which are red and depict Mao Zedong,
communist China's founding father.
Members of the man's entourage
showed up at the woman's house in a
eet of luxury vehicles led by a Maserati
sports car, reports said.
A decades-long economic boom has
created massive wealth in China, but
many rural residents and urban poor
have been left behind.
"It's not so much marrying a wife, but
buying one. If they really loved each
other, there would be no need for such
extravagance," wrote one user of China's
popular weibo microblogs.
" ey're cheapening the value of
both marriage and themselves," added
e couple were both from rich families
in the eastern province of Zhejiang,
where it was traditional in some areas to
o er engagement gifts, the newspaper
e families --- both surnamed Huang
--- chose the amount of money because
the word for eight is linked with the
meaning "wealth" in Chinese.
"Marriage achieved by money, can it
last?" another microblog poster asked.
Chinese bride receives millions in cash
A cast of Napoleon Bonaparte's death
mask, which recently sold at auction in
Britain, could leave the United Kingdom
unless a domestic buyer can match the
£175,100 ($338,006) sale price, the
government has warned.
British Culture Minister Ed Vaizey
said that he had deferred granting an
export licence for the death mask, but
that it will leave the country next year
unless a buyer was found.
" e year 2015 will see the 200th
anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
and there remains a huge fascination
with Napoleon here in the UK," Vaizey
" is is perhaps one of the most
unusual objects I've ever come across,
both fascinating and somewhat macabre,
but I believe it should remain here, and
hope a UK buyer steps forward to help
ensure that happens."
e original mask is believed to have
been made either by Italian physician
Francois Antommarchi or British
surgeon Francis Burton. Both were both
present at the death of Napoleon on the
south Atlantic island of St Helena on
May 5, 1821.
Two copies of the mask were given to
the island's chaplain, Richard Boys, with
each bearing a note of authentication in
One of the masks was kept by Andrew
Boys, a descendant of the chaplain, until
it was sold at auction at Bonhams in
London on June 19.
e second mask is on loan to the
Maison Francaise d'Oxford, a French-
owned research centre.
A decision on granting a licence has
been deferred until January 12, 2014, but
can be extended until April 12 if there is
a serious bid. --- AFP
Britain fights to
United States relations with
Cuba have undergone a surprise
warming in recent months, raising
expectations of possible agreements
to bring the two countries closer
after more than 50 years of hostility.
US and Cuban o cials overcame a
series of potentially divisive incidents
this summer with mutual displays
of pragmatism rarely seen since
Cuba's 1959 socialist revolution that
brought Fidel Castro to power.
President Barack Obama
appeared to recognise this publicly
on November 8 when he said at a
fundraiser in Miami that it may be
time for the United States to revise
its policies toward Cuba. "We have
to be creative and we have to be
thoughtful, and we have to continue
to update our policies," he said.
Hostile rhetoric has long
characterised relations between
the two countries, separated by
only 140km of sea. But US and
Cuban o cials now are privately
expressing appreciation of each
other's handling of the incidents.
ey include Cuba's decision not
to o er a safe haven to fugitive
former National Security Agency
contractor Edward Snowden, who
is sought by the US for alleged
espionage, and the diplomatically
deft US handling of a North Korean
ship carrying Cuban weapons in
possible violation of United Nations
"I think there is a willingness
on both sides to engage more
pragmatically, but we are not
on the cusp of any great policy
changes," one US o cial involved
in discussions on Cuba policy said.
"We are not as optimistic as the
Cubans are, but there's interest in
moving things along."
Despite the lack of formal
diplomatic relations with Cuba, US
and Cuban o cials do have contact
"when it is our interest to do so," one
senior US government o cial told
Obama is likely to face opposition
in Congress to attempts to thaw the
relationship with Cuba at a time
when he is already under re for
trying to reach a deal with Iran on
its nuclear ambitions. --- Reuters
US-Cuba relations warming
A fast-moving storm system
triggered multiple tornadoes in
Illinois and Indiana overnight, killing
at least two people, injuring about 40
and attening large parts of the city
of Washington, Illinois as it crashed
across the Midwest, o cials said.
e storm created tornadoes in
Bone Gap and Miller City, Illinois,
in Mount Carmel, Noblesville
and Vincennes in Indiana, and in
Paducah, Kentucky, the National
Weather Service said.
e storm also forced the Chicago
Bears to halt their game against the
Baltimore Ravens and encourage
fans at Soldier Field to seek shelter
as the storm roared in. Chicago's two
major airports also brie y stopped
tra c with the metropolitan area
under a tornado watch.
e city of Washington, Illinois,
was hit hard by what the National
Weather Service called a "large and
extremely dangerous" tornado.
irty-one people injured by the
storm that hit Washington were
being treated at St Francis Medical
Centre, one of the main hospitals in
nearby Peoria, according to hospital
spokeswoman Amy Paul. Eight had
Two people were killed in
Washington County, Illinois, about
320km south of Peoria, said Illinois
Emergency Management Agency
spokeswoman Patti ompson. e
agency estimated that at least 70
homes were destroyed across the
Stephen Wilson, a spokesman for
Peoria's Proctor Hospital, said six
or seven patients were being treated
with minor injuries.
Photos from Washington, Illinois,
showed buildings reduced to rubble
and homes torn in half in the city of
15,000 people some 233km south-
west of Chicago.
"We have reports of homes being
attened, roofs being torn o ," Sara
Sparkman, a spokeswoman for
the health department of Tazewell
County, Illinois, where Washington
is located, said in a telephone
interview. "We have actual whole
neighbourhoods being demolished
by the storm."
e Washington tornado came
out of a fast-moving storm system
that was headed toward Chicago
and threatened a large swath of the
Midwest with dangerous winds,
thunderstorms and hail, weather
o cials said.
Tornado warnings were in e ect
for parts of Indiana and Kentucky.
Weather o cials urged residents of
areas with tornado warnings in place
to take cover in interior, low- oor
rooms of study buildings. --- Reuters
Fast-moving storm triggers tornadoes
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