July 8, 2008 in Nation/World

World in brief: Plane crash kills 2 in Colombia home

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A police officer looks into the cockpit of a Boeing 747 that crashed near Bogota, Colombia, on Monday. Associated Press
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A rose-laden U.S. cargo plane headed for Miami crashed before dawn Monday near Colombia’s capital, killing a father and son in their home on the ground, Colombian aviation officials said.

None of the plane’s eight U.S. crew members was reported dead, although a hospital director said one was in serious condition. It was the second time in six weeks that a Boeing 747 flown by Ypsilanti, Michigan-based Kalitta Air has crashed.

The plane had stopped in Bogota to pick up flowers – one of Colombia’s biggest exports – and was scheduled to land in Miami.

Seoul, South Korea

Nuclear program talks to reopen

Negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear program will resume this week for the first time in nine months, South Korea’s nuclear envoy said today.

The talks had been on hold since October due to a dispute over North Korea’s obligation to hand over a declaration of its nuclear program. Last month, Pyongyang turned in a partial declaration and destroyed the cooling tower at its main Yongbyon nuclear complex.

The talks are expected to focus on how to verify the North’s declaration.

Tijuana, Mexico

Six tortured bodies found

Police discovered the tortured and burned bodies of six men in an empty lot Monday, shattering a two-month period of relative calm in this border city’s war on organized crime.

An additional five bodies were discovered since Saturday, including a woman whose body was found stuffed in a barrel, in violence believed to be drug related, said state and federal authorities.

The weekend tally pushed the city’s death toll this year to more than 260, compared with about 150 homicides at this time last year, and underscored the Mexican government’s ongoing troubles reining in organized crime.

None of the victims had been identified by late Monday, and authorities did not confirm any motives for the killings. But the nature of the deaths – some of the men had their heads wrapped in plastic and some were charred from burns – suggested that they were the victims of gangsters, authorities said.


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