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Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow; 71 dead

A Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow soon after take-off on Sunday (Feb 11), killing all 71 people on board, and investigators said they were looking at all possible causes.

Temperatures were around minus 5 degrees Celsius with periodic snowfall when the short-haul AN-148 operated by Saratov Airlines took off for the city of Orsk in Orenburg region, about 900 miles (1,500 km) southeast of the capital.

President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to those who had lost relatives and ordered a special investigative commission to be set up. "According to preliminary information, nobody survived," the Kremlin said in a statement.


White House says Trump 'shocked' by allegations against aides

The White House insisted on Sunday (Feb 11) that Donald Trump was "shocked and disturbed" by allegations of domestic abuse that led two staffers to resign, after the president faced flak for saying lives were being ruined by possibly false claims.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior advisor to Trump, said the president pushed the two staffers out the moment he saw credible evidence against them.

Other top White House aides similarly supported Trump's handling of the latest controversy to upend his administration.


Oxfam vows shake-up after Haiti sex abuse

Oxfam announced a new raft of measures to tackle sexual abuse cases after being ordered to meet the British government on Monday (Feb 12) to explain its handling of a 2011 prostitution scandal involving its aid workers in Haiti.

The British-based charity will re-examine the episode as part of an independent review started this year to drive out unacceptable behaviour, while pledging to improving the recruitment, vetting and management of staff.

"It is not sufficient to be appalled by the behaviour of our former staff - we must and will learn from it and use it as a spur to improvement," Caroline Thomson, Oxfam's chair of trustees, said in a statement.

Doping row because US 'can't beat us fairly': Russia FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday (Feb 11) that accusations of a state-sponsored doping conspiracy which led to his country's Olympic banishment were orchestrated by the United States because they "can't beat us fairly".

"I think it's a form of competition without scruples because the US team, obviously, are not capable of beating us fairly at sport," Lavrov said in an interview broadcast by Rossiya-1 TV and published on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Matt Ritchie condemned Manchester United to a shock 1-0 defeat at struggling Newcastle, while Liverpool cemented their top four place with a 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday (Feb 11).

United's second defeat in their last three Premier League games leaves them 16 points behind leaders Manchester City. Jose Mourinho's second placed side, beaten by Tottenham in their last away game, were rarely at their best at St James' Park and paid the price in the 65th minute.

United defender Chris Smalling was booked for needlessly diving inside his own half and from the resulting Jonjo Shelvey free-kick, Dwight Gayle latched onto a header and played a backheel towards Ritchie.

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