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15 are killed as plane crashes in Himalayas

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- A plane crashed into a mountain in the Himalayas while trying to land at an airport in northern Nepal on Monday, killing 15 people and injuring six, some of them critically.

It was carrying two pilots and a flight attendant -- all Nepalese -- along with 16 people from India and two from Denmark, both of whom survived, officials said.

The plane was turning to land at Jomsom Airport when it crashed, said Laxmi Raj Sharma, chief government administrator in the area.

It broke into pieces but did not catch fire. Sharma said an initial investigation indicated that the Dornier aircraft, which belonged to the local Agni Air company, might have had mechanical problems.


Street gunbattles tied to Syria-related rancor

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (AP) -- Firing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, Lebanese gunmen clashed in street battles Monday as sectarian tensions linked to the 14-month-old uprising in Syria bled across the border for a third day.

At least five people have been killed and 100 wounded in Lebanon's second-largest city since the gunbattles erupted late Saturday, security officials said. Residents say differences over Syria are at the root of the fighting, which pits neighbor against neighbor and raises fears of broader unrest that could draw in neighboring countries.

Lebanon and Syria share a complex web of political and sectarian ties and rivalries, which are easily inflamed. Tripoli has seen bouts of sectarian violence in the past, but the fighting has become more frequent as the conflict in Syria worsens.

On one side are Sunni Muslims who support the rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad. On the other are members of the tiny Alawite sect, followers of an offshoot of Shiite Islam who are Assad's most loyal supporters.


Al-Qaida is targeted as airstrikes kill 16

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Government warplanes pounded al-Qaida fighters on Monday, killing at least 16, while seven soldiers died in clashes with militants in the country's troubled south where the army is trying to uproot the terror group, military officials said.

The fighting came a day after government bombings of al-Qaida positions killed at least 30 militants. The airstrikes are part of the military's broader campaign against the militants who seized towns and territory across southern Yemen over the last year. They come amid a security vacuum linked to the country's political turmoil that pushed longtime authoritarian leader Ali Abdullah Saleh from power.

In one of Monday's attacks, Yemeni warplanes struck an al-Qaida hideout about 44 miles from the southern city of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan. The bombardment killed at least 10 militants, the officials said.

In Zinjibar itself, clashes between the two sides left seven soldiers dead Monday, according to the officials.