Russia threatens military response to US missiles

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is warning his country may respond to a U.S. missile shield in Europe through military means.

Medvedev says that the deployment of an anti-missile system close to Russian borders “will of course create additional tensions.”

“We will have to react somehow, to react, of course, in a military way,” Medvedev was quoted as saying Tuesday by the RIA-Novosti news agency.

Russian officials have already warned of a military response to the U.S. plans, but the statement by the Russian leader was likely to further aggravate already tense relations with the West. The comments come after Medvedev recognized two Georgian regions as independent nations, prompting criticism from the U.S. and Europe.


Incident: Air France B744 at Toronto on Aug 24th 2008, navigation and fuel system errors

The crew of an Air France Boeing 747-400, registration F-GITF performing flight AF353 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), declared PAN and requested to return to Toronto due to errors in the navigation and fuel systems. The crew dumped fuel for 40 minutes and landed safely back to Toronto 90 minutes after declaring PAN and 110 minutes after departure.

Air France jet skids off Montreal runway; no injuries

MONTREAL (AFP) — An Air France Boeing 747 arriving from Paris skidded off the runway while landing Tuesday evening at Montreal’s airport, but no one was hurt, Air France and airport personnel said.

The accident took place just before 6:00 pm (2200 GMT), said Stephanie Lepage, a spokeswoman for Montreal-Pierre Eliott Trudeau International Airport.

The plane was carrying 490 passengers and 18 crew, she added.

The plane came to rest with its nose in the grass between two runways, television images showed. Canadian media reported that the plane had a problem with its undercarriage.

“Flight AF 346 … at the start of its landing, ground to a halt with its front undercarriage (ending up) outside the runway,” Air France said in a statement.

“Nobody was injured and the passengers … were able to reach the terminal to transfer later to other flights,” it said, adding that the time of the accident was 5:44 pm (2144 GMT).

Passengers aboard the flight said the plane appeared to have trouble breaking.

“The breaks suddenly came on … We remained calm inside the plane … it was no problem. We could see the front tire had blown out and was resting on the grass,” one passenger told reporters.

“The breaks probably seized up. We waited one hour aboard the plane, but it went by quickly,” said another passenger.

“All’s that left is for us to get the luggage left on the plane,” he added.

Normal air traffic resumed later on the other runways of the airport.

Lepage said the Transportation Safety Board of Canada would investigate the mishap, and Air France also said it would conduct its own probe.

On August 2, 2005, an Air France Airbus A340 arriving from Paris overshot the runway in Toronto during a storm, plunged into a ditch and caught fire.

The 297 passengers and 12 crew members of that flight were evacuated in record time, but ten passengers and two crew members were hurt.

The weather in Montreal Tuesday evening was fair.

5 ‘dangerous’ escaped inmates could be anywhere: Sask. police

REGINA – Three accused killers and a man facing serious assault charges are among five escaped convicts who remain on the loose after breaking out of the Regina Correctional Centre on Sunday night.

Between them, the five escapees are facing charges in a number of high-profile slayings and violent incidents in Saskatchewan, including a mass shooting last fall and a multiple stabbing last summer.

At a hastily assembled news conference Monday, RCMP officials said the five escaped inmates are presumed to be “dangerous and possibly armed.”

Police said Ryan John Agecoutay, 25, Preston Clarence Buffalocalf, 22, James Joseph Pewean, 25, Daniel Richard Wolfe, 32, and Cody Dillon Keenatch, 19, escaped from the jail around 9:45 p.m. on Sunday night and that their whereabouts remain unknown.

A sixth escapee was arrested on the eastern outskirts of Regina late Sunday night. His name is not yet being released by RCMP.

Pewean, Wolfe and Buffalocalf are all facing murder charges, and Agecoutay is awaiting trial for aggravated assault. There is no public record of an adult criminal record for Keenatch.

All of the men have previously been associated with street gangs or incidents which were believed to be gang-related.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Doug Coleman said officers were taking steps to ensure any potential victims or witnesses in the men’s unresolved criminal cases were aware of the suspects’ escape.

A Canada-wide warrant has been issued for the five escapees, and Coleman said the RCMP in neighbouring provinces have been contacted while officers in Saskatchewan continue to scour the province for the men.

“I mean if this happened last night and (the Trans-Canada Highway) is right there, we’ve got a pretty big country. They could be just about anywhere,” Coleman said, when asked where the men could be.

Questioned on why it took the RCMP about 15 hours to notify the public that five potentially dangerous inmates were on the loose, Coleman said it took time to confirm who had escaped and assemble the information for the media.

Later in the day, Saskatchewan Corrections, Public Safety and Policing Minister Darryl Hickie said he was concerned the public wasn’t made aware of the prisoners’ escape earlier. He said government policy is being changed to ensure people are informed faster.

“We’re going to look at doing notification to media outlets and the public because Corrections, Public Safety and Policing has an obligation to let people know – just the basic information that we’ve had an escape, numbers of escapees, level of danger to the public safety. I think that’s very paramount,” said Hickie, a former police officer and corrections worker.

Tammy Kirkland, executive director of Adult Corrections, wouldn’t confirm or deny that a shot was fired around the time of the escape, but said no staff or inmates were injured.

The jail was in lockdown after the incident.

Kirkland would not elaborate on how the men were able to escape from the facility and said Corrections officials are doing an internal investigation.

The RCMP said members of the public should not approach the escaped inmates but should call their local police service immediately. Anyone with information about the men can also call the RCMP in Regina at 1-306-780-5560, Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online at

With files from Angela Hall

A list of the offences with which four of the five escapees are charged:

. Pewean was one of seven people charged with second-degree murder in the death of Wilton Jay Lavallee, whose body was found inside a Regina house in June 2007. Pewean was also charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in relation to two male teenagers who were injured during the same incident. Pewean had been expected to plead guilty as part of a plea agreement last month, but the matter didn’t proceed as planned. The case had been slated to come up at the Regina Court of Queen’s Bench on Friday.

. Wolfe is facing two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder for a September shooting at a home in Fort Qu’Appelle. The RCMP has previously said more than 20 rounds of ammunition were fired inside the small house where the incident occurred, possibly sparked by a minor verbal altercation earlier in the day. A teenage male is also charged in the shooting, which killed Marvin Arnault and Michael Itittakoose.

. Buffalocalf is one of two men charged with first-degree murder in the death of 20-year-old Vincent Morrisseau-Poorman, who was found lying outside a house in Fort Qu’Appelle in February 2007, suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. Fort Qu’Appelle is located just outside Regina. Buffalocalf incurred a new weapons offence while in custody at the Regina Correctional Centre last fall for allegedly having a spike covered in fabric in his possession.

. Agecoutay (also known as Bellegarde) was one of four men committed to stand trial for aggravated assault after a 25-year-old man was found seriously injured in a Regina alley in April 2007. Agecoutay was originally charged with attempted murder, but the charge was reduced after a preliminary hearing in February. He is also slated to stand trial in December on another charge of assault with a weapon.

Listeria fears grow after camp workers get sick

Officials are awaiting test results to determine whether seven workers at a summer camp near Amherst, N.S., became sick with listeria-tainted meat.

The workers at Camp Tidnish, a camp in New Brunswick serving Nova Scotian children with physical and mental disabilities, were quarantined and treated late last week.

Heather MacDonald, a spokeswoman for the camp, said staff members consumed a product on the recall list of foods produced by Maple Leaf Foods before it was taken off the camp’s menu.

“They were exhibiting some of the symptoms,” she told CBC News on Monday. “There was a strong suspicion that it came from that particular Maple Leaf [Foods] product that we had on hand.”

Federal food inspectors are testing samples for evidence of the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, which causes listeriosis.

Symptoms include vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. Public health officials say symptoms can occur up to 70 days after contaminated food is consumed, with the average incubation period of 30 days.

Health Canada said Monday that 12 deaths have been linked to a recent listeria outbreak. There are now 26 confirmed cases, up from 21. As well, the number of suspected cases is now 29, down from 30, officials said.

MacDonald said it was tough to keep Camp Tidnish going with seven staff in sick bay.

“That had left a small group of staff to effectively be operating the program, and we decided in our best interests to shut down the camp a few days early,” she said.

Dr. Denis Allard, a district health officer in New Brunswick, said officials have investigated the facilities at the camp just inside the New Brunswick border.

“Our inspectors have gone and done a regular inspection that they would do when an outbreak is notified, which is looking at the food-handling practices,” he said.

Allard said it could be a week before officials know whether the workers suffered from listeriosis or a similar illness.

The recall list has been expanded to include more than 200 items under brands such as Maple Leaf, Compliments, Hickory Farms and Schneider’s. All of the products were manufactured in Toronto at the same Maple Leaf Foods factory.

UPDATE 1-Ryanair plane loses pressure, 16 in hospital

LONDON, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Sixteen people were taken to hospital when a Ryanair flight from Britain to Spain made an unscheduled landing at Limoges airport in France after a loss of cabin pressure, the airline said on Tuesday.

Flight FR9336, which left Bristol airport for Barcelona late on Monday with 168 passengers on board, “experienced an inflight depressurisation incident which caused the oxygen masks on board to deploy,” the airline said.

“As a safety precaution, the captain descended and diverted the aircraft to Limoges airport at approximately 2330 local French time,” it added in a statement.

The 16 people taken to hospital had been complaining of earache, it said.

British explorer Pen Hadow, who was aboard the plane, told Sky Television the incident “was traumatic for many involved.”

“Suddenly there was a roar of wind, a rush of cold air, the oxygen masks dropped, you didn’t know what was going on.”

Hadow, who in 2003 became the first person to reach the North Pole unaided from Canada, said the oxygen masks did not seem to work.

“No oxygen was delivered through the oxygen masks and I was surprised there seemed to be no communication between the pilot and the flight attendants because they didn’t seem to know what to say and do,” Hadow told the BBC.