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Il-62 Crashes, 9 Injured BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- An Il-62 cargo jet crashed while landing early Wednesday morning at Manas International Airport outside the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, injuring nine people, officials said. The base at Manas is also host to U.S.-led anti-terrorist coalition forces, who said in a statement that nine crew had been aboard the airplane and that they were treating eight victims with minor injuries at the request of airport officials. The jet hit a concrete barrier after touching down on the ground, the official said. One of its wheels broke off, the aircraft flipped onto its side and caught fire, the Kyrgyz emergency official said. The plane, owned by Russian air company Tretyakov, was on a chartered flight fom Moscow to Bishkek, where it was to pick up commercial cargo. 400 Army Drug Arrests MOSCOW (AP) -- More than 400 servicemen have been charged and convicted for drug-related crimes over the past three years, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Billiards Banned in Uzbekistan

Uzbek authorities have banned the popular pastime apparently in the belief that billiard halls, which have multiplied in the last decade, have become places of vice.

9/11 Hijackers Hoped to Fight in Chechnya

Members of the Hamburg cell that led the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks at first wanted to fight alongside rebels in Chechnya.

Multipolar Nuke Nightmare

The relative ease with which Pyongyang came close to having ICBM and nuclear capabilities is alarming.

Bush Should Put U.S. Resolution to UN Vote

The time has come to call France and Russia's bluff and ask the UN Security Council to vote on Iraq.

Qualifier Gives Safin a Fright in St. Pete

Defending champion Marat Safin of Russia struggled past French qualifier Cyril Saulnier in a tough three-setter Tuesday to reach the second round of the $975,000 St. Petersburg Open.

U.S. Sniper Targets Children

Anxious parents took their children back to schools under tight security Wednesday after a chilling warning -- ""Your children are not safe, anywhere at any time.""

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