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Pilot safe after U.S. military jet crashes in S.Korea

A US military F-16 jet crashed in southern South Korea Wednesday during a training mission but its pilot ejected to safety, US authorities said. The plane crashed into a rice paddy around noon (0300 GMT) near a US air base in the western port city of Gunsan, the US military said in a statement.…

Pilot refuses to fly two Muslim men to tolerance conference

Two Muslim men were removed from a flight bound for North Carolina before the plane took off Friday, reportedly because they were clad in traditional Muslim garb, making the pilot and other passengers uncomfortable. The two men, Masudur Rahman and Mohamed Zaghloul, are both imams and were headed to a…

Afghan pilot shoots dead six foreign troops

KABUL — An Afghan pilot opened fire and killed six foreign troops Wednesday after a row at a NATO training centre for the national air force in Kabul in one of the deadliest such clashes yet, officials said. A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) confirmed the…

Navy captain produced, starred in ‘raunchy’ anti-gay videos

A series of “raunchy” videos produced aboard the USS Enterprise and broadcast to its crew were the brainchild of the aircraft carrier’s second-in-command, news reports indicate. In videos shot in 2006 and 2007 and obtained on Friday by the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Capt. Owen Honors is seen ringleading numerous skits depicting…

‘Patriot Pilot’ reveals identity after angering TSA with YouTube video

An airline pilot who said he was punished by the with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for posting a video on YouTube showing flaws in airport security revealed his identity on Monday. Fifty-year old Chris Liu, who had gone by the pseudonym “The Patriot Pilot” and was deputized by the…

South Korea schools get robot English teachers

Almost 30 robots have started teaching English to youngsters in a South Korean city, education officials said Tuesday, in a pilot project designed to nurture the nascent robot industry. Engkey, a white, egg-shaped robot developed by the Korea Institute of Science of Technology (KIST), began taking classes Monday at 21…

Traffic calming? City scares drivers with ’3D girl’ that runs into road

For the past week, drivers on 22nd Street in the ritzy suburb of West Vancouver, British Columbia, have come across an alarming sight: A small girl running out into the road to chase a ball. As their hearts leap to their throats and their feet move to the brake pedal,…

Blackwater guards indicted for murder

A federal grand jury has added an additional indictment to a former Blackwater employee involved in the murders of two Afghan civilians in May of 2009, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Two Blackwater guards have been charged with second-degree murder for the fatal shootings. The Virginian-Pilot reports, [Christopher] Drotleff, of Virginia…

Reuters families demand US troops be tried over shooting

BAGHDAD (AFP) – The families of two Reuters news agency employees killed in a 2007 US helicopter attack in Baghdad on Thursday demanded justice, telling AFP the Americans responsible should stand trial. Graphic video footage of the shooting, which left several other people dead and wounded two children, was published…

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