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LAS VEGAS---Officials released more details yes-
terday on a dramatic British Airways airplane fire
in Las Vegas as they investigate how an aircraft
accelerating for takeoff could suddenly erupt into
flames---or whether it could happen again.
The London-bound plane was speeding down
the runway Tuesday afternoon when it caught fire,
forcing the pilot to hit the brakes. The blaze sent
smoke pouring from an engine and led the aircraft s
crew and 157 passengers to flee down emergency
slides, which fire officials said deployed properly.
At a news conference, officials lauded the emer-
gency response but noted more people were hurt
than previously reported. Twenty-seven people
were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, most
with cuts, bruises, burns and scrapes from the evac-
uation slides. At least two complained of smoke
The pilot can be heard saying "may-
day, mayday" before he asks for fire-
fighting help. A moment later, he calmly
tells the tower: "We are evacuating on
the runway. We have a fire. I repeat.
We are evacuating." (AP)
Plane that burst
into flames was
ST THOMAS---Officials say Carnival
Cruise Lines is flying 770 passengers
to Puerto Rico after their ship caught
in fire in the US Virgin Islands.
The president of the company that
manages the dock where the ship is
berthed says six chartered flights were
headed yesterday to Puerto Rico.
Joseph Boschulte of the West Indian
Company said another 177 passengers
were flown to Barbados on Tuesday.
He said the cause of the fire has not
The fire occurred Monday in the
engine room while the Carnival Liberty
was docked in St Thomas. No one was
The cruise was on a seven-day
Caribbean cruise with 3,346 guests
and a crew of 1,150. (AP)
to Puerto Rico
after ship fire
LA PAZ---President Evo Morales backers are seeking
to amend Bolivia s constitution so he can run for re-
election in 2020.
The plan finalised Tuesday night comes just
eight months after Bolivia s first indigenous
president won a third term. Morales backers
control the two-thirds of congress needed to
pass the legislation.
After that, voters would decide in a refer-
Farmworkers union leader Gustavo Aliaga
said yesterday that the bill will be sent to con-
gress next week.
Morales told reporters Monday that he backs
Former President Jorge Quiroga says it will
create a monarchy.
Morales approval rating in the latest polls
tops 50 per cent. But he is beginning to grapple
with economic woes owing to Bolivia s heavy
dependence on exports of natural gas and
minerals, which are fetching lower prices.
to seek fourth
term in Bolivia
A 12-year-old girl who had an inkling
she might be quite clever has taken a test
and proved she was absolutely right.
Lydia Sebastian achieved the top score
of 162 on Mensa s Cattell III B paper, sug-
gesting she has a higher IQ than well-known
geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawk-
The comparison doesn t sit well with the
British student, who s currently in Year 8
at Colchester County high school, a selective
girl s grammar school in Essex, England.
"I don t think I can be compared to such
great intellectuals such as Albert Einstein
and Stephen Hawking. They ve achieved
so much. I don t think it s right," Lydia told
Lydia sat the test in her summer holidays,
after raising the idea with her parents and
pestering them for the best part of a year.
It turns out the test wasn t that hard after all.
"I was really nervous before the test and I thought
it was going to be really hard. But as I started the
test, I thought it was a bit easier than I thought it
was going to be," she said.
Lydia s not quite sure what she wants to do when
she leaves school, although she s leaning toward
something "based around maths, because it s one of
my favourite subjects."
"All I m going to do is work as hard as I can, and
see where that gets me," she said.
To put Lydia s mark in perspective, the top adult
score in the Cattell III B test, which primarily tests
verbal reasoning, is 161. A top two per cent score---
which allows entry to Mensa, the club for those with
high IQs---would be 148 or over. Lydia scored 162,
placing her in the top one per cent of the population.
Protesters have returned to the streets
of the Lebanese capital Beirut, angered over the
country s continued political paralysis and lack
of basic services.
One group pelted eggs at vehicles of politicians
heading to talks aimed at breaking political dead-
They chanted "thieves, thieves, get out!" outside
the parliament building.
Protests triggered by rotting rubbish in Beirut
quickly grew into a wider attack on the perceived
corruption and incompetence of politicians.
Security was heightened on Wednesday in antic-
ipation of the protests, with metal barricades erected
outside parliament and armoured vehicles lining
No progress was reported at a "national dialogue"
meeting of the main parties to discuss a stalemate
that has frozen government institutions for months.
Another meeting is scheduled for a week s time.
return to streets
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