Cable-Car Tragedy Air Crew Face Italy Trial

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Cable-Car Tragedy Air Crew Face Italy Trial


ROME: An Italian prosecutor has moved to indict the four crewmen of a US Marine jet which sliced a cable car line in the Italian Alps, sending 20 people plunging to their deaths.

Trento prosecutor Francantonio Granero said he hopes to bring the crew members, who are being tried in the United States, to Italy to face charges of multiple manslaughter and endangering the safety of transport.

An Italian judge must now rule on whether to indict the four.

The United States has told Italy it will not surrender jurisdiction.

Sludge of fear

MADRID: Spain has decided that the toxic sludge swamping thousands of acres alongside one of Europe's most prized nature reserves will be treated and filtered into an uncontaminated river.

The liquid waste is to be treated with 1,600 tons of a calcium-based chemical to neutralise its acidity before being passed into the Guadalquivir, said Cesar Nombela, head of Spain's Scientific Investigation Council.

Authorities believe the millions of tons of toxic waste left by last month's spill must be removed before expected heavy rains in the autumn which could increase the risk of the contamination spreading to Donana National Park.

The spill happened last month when a reservoir burst its banks and poured an 1.3 billion gallons of acidic liquid into the Guadiama.

Teacher's porn ordeal

MUNICH: A 33-year-old British teacher was arrested as he allegedly tried to swap a child porn video at the Munich main rail station.

The man, arrested yesterday, is to be charged with dealing in child pornography and could be sentenced to up to a year in jail. A police spokesman refused to identify the man who is reported to be from Tonbridge, Kent.

Arafat in in summit call

CAIRO: Declaring the Mideast peace process in "a dangerous deadlock," Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat yesterday urged fellow Arabs to convene a summit to take a tougher stance toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speaking to a Cairo gathering marking the 50th anniversary of what Arabs call al-Nakba, the "catastrophe" of Israel's founding that ejected Palestinians from their land, Arafat accused Netanyahu of torpedoing the peace process. …

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