Egyptian authorities have reportedly dispatched 45 ambulances to the area of the air crash site but unconfirmed comments by security officials suggest there is little prospect of any survivors since the plane appears to have fallen to ground very quickly from 31,000 feet. The crew and passengers are thought to be all Russian with most tourists headed home from a week at Egyptian resorts.

BBC NEWS UPDATE: Unconfirmed: Security official says wreckage total – all likely dead

A Russian airliner has crashed in central Sinai with more than 200 people on board, the office of Egypt's prime minister has confirmed.


“Moscow first called Kyiv's ban on Russian airlines madness, then announced that it would mirror the move. Ukraine now says flights will end at midnight on Saturday, after last-minute crisis talks failed.”


Though large portions of “Dracula” unfold in Transylvania (now Romania) — which he describes as “one of the wildest and least known portions of Europe” — Stoker himself never ventured east of Vienna.


<Photo: Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia, was a member of the House of Drăculești, a branch of the House of Basarab, also known, using his patronymic, as Drăculea or Dracula.


<Photo: Out with the old, in with the new Oleg Belozerov (left) and his predecessor, Vladimir Yakunin

“Local criminal gangs and separatists, together with Russian active duty troops, are all committing war crimes and violating international law inside Ukraine,” Nalyvaichenko said. “That’s what we mean by Russian aggression.”


< Photo: Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, former Ukrainian Security Service chief, in Washington, July 21, 2015.


“The [Camino de Santiago or] Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, together with Rome and Jerusalem”



We’re coming for you, Cuba 2015/7/6 16:43:39

Typical of the still relatively pristine sites – Trinidad, Cuba


The revelation that one of the pilots of a Germanwings jetliner was locked out of the cockpit before it crashed raised new and troubling questions on Thursday 

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