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zimbabwe opposition leader dies in helicopter crash in new mexico


authorities in the u.s. state of new mexico say key zimbabwean opposition leader roy bennett has been killed in a helicopter crash.state police lt. elizabeth armijo confirmed bennett's death thursday, a day after a helicopter carrying him and five others went down in a mountainous rural area of northern new mexico. details of why the 60-year-old bennett was in the area weren't immediately available. the crash killed five and injured a sixth person aboard.obert gutu, spokesman for the mdc-t opposition party, said the loss of bennett, a white man who spoke fluent shona and drew the wrath of former president robert mugabe, was tragic. gutu says bennett's wife, heather, also died.bennett won a parliamentary seat in a rural constituency despite being white, angering mugabe and his ruling zanu-p






zimbabwe opposition leader dies in us helicopter crash


albuquerque, n.m. (ap) — authorities in the u.s. state of new mexico say key zimbabwean opposition leader roy bennett has been killed in a helicopter crash.state police lt. elizabeth armijo confirmed bennett’s death thursday, a day after a helicopter carrying him and five others went down in a mountainous rural area of northern new mexico. details of why the 60-year-old bennett was in the area weren’t immediately available. the crash killed five and injured a sixth person aboard.obert gutu, spokesman for the mdc-t opposition party, said the loss of bennett, a white man who spoke fluent shona and drew the wrath of former president robert mugabe, was tragic. gutu says bennett’s wife, heather, also died.bennett won a parliamentary seat in a rural constituency despite being white, angering mug






7 dead, 1 injured in military helicopter crash in mexico


mexico city — mexico's defense department says seven army personnel are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed in the northern state of durango.one soldier was found seriously wounded at the scene. the bodies of the rest of the victims were believed to be in the wreckage of the craft.the department said friday the bell 412 transport helicopter was on a training mission and was carrying 2 pilots, an officer and five soldiers.the crash occurred near el salto in a mountainous region of durango.the cause of the crash is under investigation.






7 dead, 1 injured in military helicopter crash in mexico


mexico city (ap) — mexico’s defense department says seven army personnel are presumed dead after a helicopter crashed in the northern state of durango.one soldier was found seriously wounded at the scene. the bodies of the rest of the victims were believed to be in the wreckage of the craft.the department said friday the bell 412 transport helicopter was on a training mission and was carrying 2 pilots, an officer and five soldiers.the crash occurred near el salto in a mountainous region of durango.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the cause of the crash is under investigation.






zimbabwe opposition parties want un to handle 2018 election


harare, zimbabwe — zimbabwe's opposition parties are demanding united nations involvement in next year's presidential election after a preparatory meeting fell apart amid an argument with election officials.zimbabwe elections commission chairwoman rita makarau walked out tuesday after accusing the opposition of unfairly targeting her.the opposition parties have demanded her resignation, saying she is trying to help 93-year-old president robert mugabe win another five-year term. they say the u.n. should handle the 2018 vote.a coalition of 13 opposition parties is planning a protest rally in the capital, harare, on wednesday over what it considers actions aimed at rigging next year's vote.mugabe has been in power since 1980.the u.n. has not involved itself in previous zimbabwe presidential e






faa: helicopter with 6 aboard crashes in northern new mexico


raton, n.m. — authorities say a helicopter has crashed in rural northern new mexico near the state line with colorado.the federal aviation administration says the helicopter was carrying six people when it crashed wednesday evening in mountains about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of the small city of raton (rah-tohne'), but there's no immediate word of any injuries.the new mexico state police said several hours after the crash that "response and rescue attempts" were ongoing but slow, and the agency did not immediately respond thursday to a request for updated information.faa spokesman lynn lunsford says the agency did not have information about the ownership of the helicopter or its departure point or destination.raton is 175 miles (282 kilometers) northeast of albuquerque.






veteran albuquerque tv reporter killed in helicopter crash


albuquerque, n.m. — a longtime reporter-videographer at an albuquerque tv station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central new mexico, authorities said sunday.bob martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene saturday night, according to new mexico state police.krqe-tv said martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. it was not immediately clear whether martin was headed to cover a story when the crash happened."here at krqe, we all had great respect for bob and cherished his friendship," the station said on its website sunday morning.krqe said the helicopter crashed about 4:30 p.m. saturday in rugged terrain north of carrizozo, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of albuquerque.state polic






faa: helicopter with 6 aboard crashes in northern new mexico


raton, n.m. (ap) — authorities say a helicopter has crashed in rural northern new mexico near the colorado line.the federal aviation administration says the helicopter was carrying six people when it crashed early wednesday evening in mountains about 15 miles (24 kilometers) east of raton (rah-tohne’), but there’s no immediate word of any injuries.the new mexico state police said several hours after the crash that “response and rescue attempts” were ongoing but slow, and the agency didn’t immediately respond thursday to a request for updated information.faa spokesman lynn lunsford says the agency didn’t have information about the ownership of the helicopter or its departure point or destination.most read storiessale! save over 90% on digital access.raton is 175 miles (282 kilometers) north






the latest: zimbabwe opposition not invited to inauguration


harare, zimbabwe — the latest on zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):6:45 p.m.zimbabwe's opposition mdc-t party says it has not been invited to friday's inauguration of the country's new leader.spokesman obert guru says party leader and former prime minister morgan tsvangirari has not been invited either.guru says that "it is difficult for us to attend when we have not been invited, so we are still deliberating."emmerson mnangagwa will be sworn in friday morning at a 60,000-seat stadium in the capital. the longtime robert mugabe ally who was fired early this month made his first public comments in his new role wednesday in front of ruling party headquarters.activists and opposition members say they are watching closely to see if mnangagwa's new talk of working together will bear






zimbabwe opposition groups protest over 2018 election


harare, zimbabwe — opposition politicians, activists and outspoken church leaders in zimbabwe have gathered to protest what they call attempts to rig next year's presidential election.wednesday's protest followed a demand by opposition parties that the united nations run the 2018 vote.the opposition parties also have called for the resignation of the head of the country's elections commission. they accuse her of planning to help 93-year-old president robert mugabe win another five-year term. mugabe has been in power since 1980.rita makarau has accused the opposition of unfairly targeting her.police watched wednesday's protest by dozens of people from a distance.






crash kills veteran reporter-pilot of albuquerque tv station


albuquerque, n.m. — a longtime reporter at an albuquerque tv station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central new mexico, authorities said sunday.bob martin, 64, was pronounced dead at the crash scene saturday night, according to new mexico state police.krqe-tv said martin worked for the station for more than 20 years, frequently shooting, writing and editing stories. it wasn't immediately clear if martin was headed to cover a story at the time of the crash."here at krqe, we all had great respect for bob and cherished his friendship," the station said on its website sunday morning.krqe said the helicopter crashed about 4:30 p.m. saturday in rugged terrain north of carrizozo, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of albuquerque.state police said it was noti






zimbabwe’s new cabinet excludes opposition


the cabinet of zimbabwe’s new president includes no members of the opposition, but two senior officials of the military, whose intervention earlier this month led to the exit of longtime leader robert mugabe.the 22-member cabinet, announced late thursday, is likely to be a disappointment to many western governments, who had hoped president emmerson mnangagwa would lead a more inclusive government ahead of next year’s elections. it also contrasts with comments made by mr. mnangagwa in his inauguration speech, which indicated...






zimbabwe’s new cabinet excludes opposition


zimbabwe’s new president unveiled a cabinet that includes two senior officials of the military, whose intervention in november led to the exit of longtime leader robert mugabe, but no members of the opposition.the 22-member cabinet, announced late thursday, is likely to be a disappointment to many western governments that had hoped president emmerson mnangagwa would lead a more inclusive government ahead of next year’s elections. it also contrasts with comments made by mr. mnangagwa in his inauguration speech, which indicated...






troy gentry, of country group montgomery gentry, dies in helicopter crash


troy gentry, the co-founder of the country-rock duo montgomery gentry, has died in a helicopter crash. he was 50.the duo was scheduled to perform a show on friday at the flying w airport & resort in medford, n.j. the helicopter crashed in a forested area just outside the venue, according to faa reports cited by associated press.gentry and a fellow passenger were killed, though it was not immediately clear who was piloting the helicopter. "it is with great sadness that we confirm that troy gentry, half of the popular country duo, montgomery gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash," read a statement on the band's website. "troy gentry's family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time."gentry co-founded the group with eddie mont






zimbabwe’s new cabinet excludes opposition


the cabinet of zimbabwe’s new president includes no members of the opposition, but two senior officials of the military, whose intervention earlier this month led to the exit of longtime leader robert mugabe.the 22-member cabinet, announced late thursday, is a blow to many western governments, who had hoped president emmerson mnangagwa would lead a more inclusive government ahead of next year’s elections. it also contrasts with comments made by mr. mnangagwa in his inauguration speech, which indicated he would seek to reach...






ap interview: zimbabwe's president has 'small window' to act


harare, zimbabwe — zimbabwe's main opposition leader says new president emmerson mnangagwa has a "very small window" to show he is meeting national expectations of change after the downfall of his predecessor, robert mugabe.morgan tsvangirai said thursday in an interview with the associated press that it will be "very difficult to convince anyone" that zimbabwe's new leadership is improving the situation as long as much of the population is struggling to get by in the economically devastated country.tsvangirai also says that prosecuting people for alleged offenses committed during the mugabe era would be an almost limitless task and would open a "pandora's box."he says, however, that a "truth and reconciliation commission" could be one way to address wrongdoings under mugabe, who resigned






zimbabwe's leader angers some with latest overseas trip


harare, zimbabwe — zimbabwe's president is angering some back home with his latest trip overseas, this time to a u.n. conference on oceans even though his country is a landlocked state.the 93-year-old leader robert mugabe has been criticized as a "non-resident president" for globe-trotting while the economy crumbles. he has visited dubai, china, singapore, mexico, ethiopia, swaziland, south africa, ghana, mauritius and mali this year alone.mugabe spoke about the threat of climate change during the u.n. meeting. south african broadcaster sabc reported that three aides helped him to the podium for a speech that was "at times stumbling."zimbabwe's ministry of finance statistics says mugabe spent $36 million on foreign travel in the first 10 months of 2016.his spokesman has defended his travel






helicopter crashes on outskirts of istanbul; 7 killed


istanbul — the mayor of istanbul says that the death toll in the helicopter crash on the outskirts of istanbul has increased to seven.officials had earlier said five bodies were recovered from the scene of friday's crash, without providing information on the fate of two others on board the helicopter.mayor kadir topbas said, however, that all seven on board the helicopter had died.






the latest: zimbabwe military: no violations of constitution


harare, zimbabwe — the latest on zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):1 p.m.zimbabwe's military is reporting "no violation of constitutional processes" in an update on its operation launched last week that led the resignation of robert mugabe.its new statement also praises zimbabweans for behaving well in their demonstrations calling for mugabe's departure and welcoming incoming leader emmerson mnangagwa, who will be sworn in friday.the statement says the military looks forward to "another massive gathering" for the inauguration "at a venue to be advised." the ruling party has said it will take place at the 60,000-seat national sports stadium in the capital, harare.___12:35 p.m.zimbabwe's opposition party mdc-t, which supported robert mugabe's removal from office, says it is "cau






emmerson mnangagwa: 'no need' for coalition government | zimbabwe news


zimbabwe's new president emmerson mnangagwa has ruled out forming a coalition government with the opposition ahead of elections due later this year.his comments on friday came after visiting opposition leader morgan tsvangirai, who is suffering from colon cancer, at his home in the capital, harare.speaking to journalists after the meeting, mnangagwa said tsvangirai "is recuperating very well and says he will soon be going back for another medical check-up to south africa".when asked about the prospect of a unity government with the opposition leader, he replied: "we are a democratic country and people can lobby for anything. currently, there is no need".an image of the two leaders' meeting showed tsvangirai looking thin as he sat on a couch next to mnangagwa.zimbabweans disappointed by mna






the latest: zimbabwe opposition doubts ruling party ability


harare, zimbabwe — the latest on zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):3:40 p.m.zimbabwean opposition leader morgan tsvangirai says he doubts the ability of the ruling party to solve the country's challenges amid efforts to oust president robert mugabe.tsvangirai says on his party's website monday that the ruling zanu-pf party has been hurt by factional battles and that it appears to have differences with the military over how to handle the confusing situation. mugabe has defied calls to resign immediately. the ruling party is discussing impeachment.the opposition leader says the upheaval could undermine the opportunity for a "fresh start" after moves by the military and others against mugabe. "it would be inimical to progress and the future of the country if all this action was a






emmerson mnangagwa: 'no need' for coalition government | zimbabwe news


zimbabwe's new president, emmerson mnangagwa, has ruled out forming a coalition government with the opposition in advance of elections due later this year.his comments on friday came after visiting opposition leader morgan tsvangirai, who is suffering from colon cancer, at his home in the capital, harare.speaking to journalists after the meeting, mnangagwa said tsvangirai "is recuperating very well and says he will soon be going back for another medical check-up to south africa".when asked about the prospect of a unity government with the opposition leader, he replied: "we are a democratic country and people can lobby for anything. currently, there is no need."an image of the two leaders' meeting showed tsvangirai looking thin as he sat on a couch next to mnangagwa.the president was accomp






police: arizona man dies in motorcycle crash in new mexico


deming, n.m. (ap) — new mexico state police say an arizona man has died in a motorcycle crash near deming.they say 57-year-old richard berry of tucson was pronounced dead at the scene of monday morning’s accident.the crash occurred on interstate 10 about 35 miles west of deming.state police say the motorcycle crashed into a median for an unknown reason and berry was ejected.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the crash remains under investigation.






zimbabwe’s mugabe clings to power as he is fired as party leader


harare, zimbabwe—president robert mugabe was removed as leader of zimbabwe’s ruling party and given a monday deadline to resign as president, a dramatic step in the downfall of the world’s oldest head of state.in his place, zanu-pf’s central committee on sunday appointed emmerson mnangagwa, whose ouster as vice president just under two weeks ago prompted tuesday’s military takeover of zimbabwe’s government. the party also said mr. mnangagwa would be its candidate for the 2018 presidential election....






bulgarian military copter pilot dies after crash at sea


sofia, bulgaria — the pilot of a bulgarian military helicopter has died after the chopper crashed into the black sea during a tactical drill.the defense ministry announced friday that an as 565 panther helicopter plunged into the water seven miles (10 kms) off the coast while carrying out a maneuver during artillery shooting exercises.the ministry says the crew captain died hours later in a hospital, while the other two crew members were admitted for treatment in a military hospital.the cause of the crash is being investigated.






the latest: party assured mugabe he wouldn't be prosecuted


harare, zimbabwe — the latest on zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local):9:55 p.m.a zimbabwe ruling party official says prosecuting robert mugabe was never part of the plan in his removal.ruling party chief whip lovemore matuke tells the associated press that party officials assured mugabe he would not be prosecuted.matuke says that mugabe "is safe, his family is safe and his status as a hero of his country is assured. all we were saying is resign or face impeachment."mugabe and his wife, grace, remain in the capital, harare.incoming leader emmerson mnangagwa, whose firing by mugabe earlier this month led the military to step in, will be sworn in friday.___6:45 p.m.zimbabwe's opposition mdc-t party says it has not been invited to friday's inauguration of the country's new leader.spo






the latest: zimbabwe's new leader urges economic reforms


harare, zimbabwe — the latest on zimbabwe's new president (all times local):12:50 p.m.zimbabwe's new president emmerson mnangagwa says the economically struggling country must modernize in order to engage with a "fiercely competitive" world. he delivered the message friday at a graduation ceremony west of the capital, harare. as president, he presides over all of zimbabwe's universities.mnangagwa says "the world has grown fiercely competitive" and that zimbabweans must learn to deliver "finished products" to markets and extract the most "profitability" from the country's natural resources.discontent with zimbabwe's economy was a factor in the downfall of robert mugabe, who resigned last week after 37 years in power. industries have collapsed, unemployment is high and cash shortages are rif






'peaceful' zimbabwe election in 4-5 months: president | news


zimbabwe will hold elections in four or five months, the new president announced on thursday, a sign the country ruled for decades by autocratic leader robert mugabe is on the path towards true democracy.  however, the announcement came as the main opposition party accused president emmerson mnangagwa's government of secretly deploying thousands of soldiers in rural areas to help sway the election in his favour.the elections will be the first not involving mugabe since zimbabwe's independence from britain in 1980. voting for the presidency, parliament, and local government will be peaceful, mnangagwa said."zimbabwe is going for elections in four to five months' time and we have to preach peace, peace and peace because we know it is good for us and we have no doubt that we will have peacefu






4 hurt in helicopter crash during training at fort pbell


fort pbell, ky. — fort pbell says four soldiers have been injured in a helicopter crash at the army post.the post said in a news release the crash happened during training shortly after 11 a.m. tuesday. the helicopter is a uh-60 black hawk from the 101st airborne division.the post didn't immediately release the names of those injured or the nature of their injuries, but said they were taken to medical treatment facilities.the crash is being investigated.fort pbell is located on the kentucky-tennessee state line.






turkish troops killed in helicopter crash near iraq | turkey news


turkey's military says 13 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash near the border with iraq.a military statement said the as532 cougar helicopter crashed on wednesday shortly after taking off from a base in the region of senoba in sirnak province."as a result of the painful accident, our hero comrades in the helicopter fell as martrys," the statement said.it said initial information indicated that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line.the governor's office for the province of sirnak said the helicopter crashed near the town of uludere, three minutes after taking off.the helicopter crashed at 8:55 pm (1755 gmt), the military said, adding that an investigation was underway.the crash occurred as turkish troops are engaged in operations against kurdish fighters in a mountainous






zimbabwe's opposition leader demands civilian rule | zimbabwe news


harare, zimbabwe - the leader zimbabwe's largest opposition alliance has called on the world's oldest sitting president to voluntarily step aside as the country entered its second day of a military takeover.  "in the interest of the people, mr robert mugabe must resign and step down immediately in line with the national expectation and sentiment," morgan tsvangirai said at a press conference on thursday.former vice president joice mujuru - who was dismissed in 2014 on allegations of plotting against mugabe - declined to comment on the president's confinement. but she has said the situation highlighted the need to create a transitional administration to oversee free-and-fair elections in the southern african nation. former finance minister tendai biti echoed tsvangirai's sentiments on mugab






13 turkish troops killed in helicopter crash near iraq | turkey news


turkey's military says 13 soldiers have died in a helicopter crash near the border with iraq.a military statement said the as532 cougar helicopter crashed on wednesday shortly after taking off from a base in the region of senoba in sirnak province.it said initial information indicated that the helicopter hit a high-voltage transmission line.the governor's office for the province of sirnak said the helicopter crashed near the town of uludere, three minutes after taking off.the crash occurred as turkish troops are engaged in operations against kurdish fighters in a mountainous region of sirnak province.in march, seven people, including four russians, were killed when a privately owned helicopter crashed in istanbul after hitting a television tower.more to follow...source: news agencies






saudi prince mansour, officials killed in helicopter crash


saudi prince mansour bin muqrin and a number of government officials were killed sunday in a helicopter crash some 70 miles from the kingdom’s southern border with war-torn yemen, saudi officials and state television said.the helicopter went down while the group was touring an area near the coast in asir province, of which prince mansour is governor, according to a statement from the interior ministry’s security spokesman. the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known....






zimbabwe’s new leader reaches out to opposition at his swearing in


zimbabwe’s new president, who was sworn in friday before a cheering stadium crowd in harare, reached out to political opponents in his inaugural address and pleaded with foreign investors to return to the crisis-hit country. emmerson mnangagwa, the former revolutionary and right-hand man of his ousted predecessor, robert mugabe, said shortly after his oath of office: “i am not oblivious to the many zimbabweans from across the political, ethnic and racial divide who have helped make this day and thus have legitimate expectation...






zimbabwe’s new leader reaches out to opposition at his swearing in


zimbabwe’s new president was sworn in friday before a cheering stadium crowd in harare, using his inaugural address to reach out to political opponents and to plead with foreign investors to return to the crisis-hit country. emmerson mnangagwa, the former revolutionary and right-hand man of his ousted predecessor, robert mugabe, said shortly after his oath of office: “i am not oblivious to the many zimbabweans from across the political, ethnic and racial divide who have helped make this day and thus have legitimate expectation...






south african hunter dies after being trampled by elephant in zimbabwe


harare, zimbabwe — authorities in zimbabwe say a south african hunter died after being trampled by an elephant.a wildlife official said monday that hunter theunis botha was with a client near zimbabwe's hwange national park when he "unknowingly" walked into a herd of elephants on friday.simukai nyasha, spokesman for the zimbabwe national parks and wildlife management authority, says 51-year-old botha was on a 10-day, licensed hunt.the hunter ran a firm, theunis botha big game safaris and hounds. on the company's website, botha is described as a specialist in using hounds to hunt leopards.






spicer tries to tap-dance away from msnbc’s mark halperin repeated questions on


in a monday interview with “morning joe,” donald trump’s press secretary tap-danced around the justifications for the administration’s latest muslim ban, steve bannon’s elevation to the national security council and the reported demotion of key members on the council. spicer explained that the administration took language from previous acts set in place directly following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. the registry that was put in place by then-president george w. bush was ultimately disbanded after having been found to be ineffective and causing additional ethical and international concerns. spicer again blamed former president barack obama for flagging countries on the list. obama, however, never banned anyone from coming into the u.s. from those countries; he only limited visa-waiver tr