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    3 US Marines missing after aircraft crashes off Australia


    3 Marines missing after aircraft crash

    SYDNEY — Rescuers were searching for three US Marines who were missing after their Osprey aircraft plunged into the sea off the east coast of Australia on Saturday while trying to land. Twenty-three of 26 personnel aboard the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft were rescued, the Marine base in Japan said. The craft was conducting a routine operation from the USS Bonhomme Richard when it crashed. Ospreys take off and land like a helicopters, but fly like airplanes. They have been involved in a series of crashes in recent years. (AP)


    American scholar ordered expelled

    Singapore’s government declared that an American scholar of Chinese studies at a local think tank was an agent of a foreign country and ordered him expelled. The Home Affairs Ministry did not name the country, but said that Huang Jing, a US citizen and former instructor at Harvard University, knowingly worked with intelligence organizations and agents of that country to attempt to influence Singapore’s foreign policy and public opinion. Huang, who worked at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, denied the charge. (AP)


    Taliban capture northern district

    KABUL — Taliban insurgents launched coordinated attacks form three directions on Sayad district in northern Sari Pul province Saturday, killing at least seven security forces. A spokesman for the provincial governor said insurgents seized control of the strategic Mirzawalang area in after a two-day battle with the Afghan security forces. Ten Taliban fighters were killed. (AP)


    8 missing as mine floods in Siberia


    MOSCOW — Eight people remained missing Saturday in a flooded diamond mine in Siberia, officials said. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said rescue workers removed most of the 151 miners who were in the pit when it flooded Friday. The mine’s owner, the state-controlled Alrosa company, said in a statement the mine flooded after water leaked into the quarry. (AP)