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71 killed as jetliner crashes in snowstorm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An IranAir passenger jet carrying 106 people crashed as it was trying to make an emergency landing Sunday in a snowstorm in the country's northwest and broke into several pieces, killing 71 of those on board, Iranian media reported. The others survived with minor injuries, according to reports.

It was not clear what led the pilots of the Boeing 727, operated by Iran's national airline, to attempt an emergency landing in the city of Orumiyeh, 460 miles northwest of here. A spokesman for the Iranian civil aviation organization, Abbas Mosayebi, said only that the plane "faced an incident," state TV reported.

The network also said the aircraft disappeared from radar and went down in farmland after making a second attempt to land. The plane was headed from Tehran to Orumiyeh, capital of West Azerbaijan province.

Thirty-five people survived, including two crew members, a West Azerbaijan official told state TV.


Strike over salary adds to diplomacy, visa woes

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Foreign Ministry spokesman says ministry workers are broadening their three-week strike in quest of a salary increase by instructing diplomats to cut off all contacts with their host nations and refusing to process some visa applications.

The ministry said Sunday that visitors from the United States, the European Union, Russia and Canada can continue to get visas at ports of entry.

But those who need to apply in advance of traveling, such as tourists, students and foreign workers from China, India, Thailand and most of Africa, will have to wait until the strike ends.


Retiree, 74, kills three, fatally shoots himself

ROME (AP) -- A 74-year-old retiree fatally shot two neighbors and then his wife Sunday before fatally shooting himself, police said. Jealousy appeared to be behind the rampage in the northern city of Genoa.

Carlo Trabona, a retired bricklayer, first went to a coffee bar, where he shot one of his neighbors. As the other one ran away, Trabona followed him, shot him to death and then went back home, where he killed his wife, according to a police reconstruction reported by Italian media.

After police surrounded his building, Trabona fatally shot himself, Genoa police said. The two neighbors, who were brothers, and the shooter died in a hospital, police said.

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