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Tuesday 26 September 2017

Former Franco minister dies

Manuel Fraga Iribarne, a blunt-talking politician who founded Spain's ruling conservative party and ignited divisive reactions as the last surviving minister from General Francisco Franco's right-wing regime, has died. He was 89.

A Spanish news agency said Mr Fraga died late yesterday of heart failure at his Madrid home, citing a family member.

In a career spanning 60 years, Mr Fraga served as Franco's information and tourism minister and as Spain's interior minister after the dictator died in 1975.

But the job he coveted most -- being Spain's prime minister -- always eluded him.



Hunt for plane off Cape Cod

Crews were searching for a small plane that might be missing off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Coast Guard officials said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) notified them that the crew of a four-seat airplane reported smoke in the cabin, then lost communication with the FAA.

The plane had been flying from Martha's Vineyard to Hyannis, about a 20-minute flight. It was not immediately clear how many people were on board.



Lohan dad's ex back in prison

The ex-girlfriend of the father of actress Lindsay Lohan is back in jail.

Palm Beach County jail records show 29-year-old Kate Major is being held without bond on several charges including battery of an officer and resisting an officer with violence.

Records show she was arrested by Boca Raton police.



Vietnamese dissident freed

Vietnamese authorities have released a French-Vietnamese dissident after he spent 17 months in jail after being convicted of attempting to overthrow the government.

Lawyer Tran Vu Hai said that Pham Minh Hoang (56) was freed on Friday and will now serve three years of house arrest.

Mr Hoang was sentenced to three years in jail when he was found guilty of posting 33 articles criticising the one-party Communist system, as well as of holding membership in a banned group and recruiting others.

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