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CANADA

Airplane slides off runway

An Air Canada airplane made an “abrupt” landing and left the runway at the Halifax airport in bad weather, but there were no immediate reports of injuries, authorities said early yesterday. The airline said all passengers on Flight AC624 from Toronto left the plane and went to the terminal. Halifax Stanfield Airport said there were no injuries reported. The airline said a preliminary count indicated 132 passengers and five crew members. Flight tracking service FlightAware showed that the plane is an Airbus A320, which has typical seating for 150.

UNITED STATES

Man fined in ‘legroom wars’

A man who forced a flight to be diverted after reacting angrily to a seat being reclined in front of him was ordered to pay more than US$7,000 by a US court on Friday. The case was part of a series of three incidents dubbed the “legroom wars,” which unfolded over a nine-day period in August and September last year when passengers lost their temper over reclining seats, forcing US passenger planes to divert. Edmond Alexandre, 60, a resident of Paris, pleaded guilty to interference with flight crew members and was sentenced by a federal judge in Boston. A US district judge sentenced Alexandre to one year of supervised release, a US$1,000 fine and restitution of US$6,303 to American Airlines. He had faced a maximum potential sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

UNITED STATES

Belt yields clues to suspects

Police in Wyoming have charged three people with murder in the case of a headless corpse found in a ditch whose ornately worked belt and buckle ultimately yielded clues to its identity, authorities said on Friday. Sandra Garcia, 27, the ex-girlfriend of the victim, her brother Pedro Garcia, 28, and John Marquez, 51, were charged in the shooting death and mutilation of Juan Antonio Guerra Torres, a 30-year-old Mexican national, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward said in a statement. A duck hunter and his son discovered Guerra Torres’ partly dismembered body in January last year in a drainage ditch off a rural road in remote northwest Wyoming. Police sought the public’s help to identify the man, whose head, left arm and other unspecified body parts were missing. In May last year, investigators were able to name him after they followed leads indicating that his belt and buckle depicting a horse’s head were examples of piteado, a form of craftsmanship practiced in Mexico and popular with horsemen and cowboys.

TOGO

Election postponed 10 days

Togo’s presidential election has been postponed by 10 days to April 25, Minister of Communications Germaine Koumealo Anate announced on Friday, after calls for a delay over claims the voter register was flawed. The chairman of regional bloc ECOWAS, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, had suggested the postponement during a visit to Togo on Tuesday last week, citing the need to update the electoral roll. The opposition claims the electoral roll is plagued by “serious anomalies” and says it must be checked before a transparent vote can be held. President Faure Gnassingbe is running for a third five-year term in office. He came to power in 2005 after the death of his father, Gnassingbe Eyadema, who abolished a limit on the number of mandates. Attempts to introduce term limits have been blocked in parliament, where Gnassingbe’s party has a majority.

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