News in brief: Russian plane crash kills 44
A PASSENGER jet crashed in heavy fog and burst into flames on a road in Russia, killing 44 people.
Eight people -- including a 10-year-old boy and a female flight attendant -- survived the RusAir plane crash overnight.
The Tu-134 plane had been en route from Moscow to the city of Petrozavodsk, said Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Oksana Semyonova.
Authorities had no immediate explanation for the crash, but Interfax news agency quoted airport director Alexei Kuzmitsky as saying there were "unfavourable weather conditions." The fog lights on the runway had failed.
Gaza aid ships defy soldiers
HUMAN rights activists trying to break the Gaza blockade vowed to stop Israeli forces boarding their ship.
Dr Fintan Lane, co-ordinator of Irish Ship to Gaza, said crews in the flotilla will make it difficult for officials to seize control of vessels.
Nine people were killed last year when Israeli commandos stormed the Turkish aid ship MV Marmara.
"If they attempt to board the ship we will non-violently impede their progress," said Dr Lane.
At least 20 Irish citizens, including former rugby international Trevor Hogan, are on Freedom Flotilla II.
Reservoir wee causes a stink
A US city is sending eight million gallons of drinking water down the drain after a man urinated in a reservoir.
Authorities in Portland, Oregon, said they did not want to send residents water laced with urine.
But public health chiefs said urine was sterile and that the urine in the reservoir was so diluted -- perhaps half a pint in millions of gallons -- that it posed little risk.