SERBIA

Military copter on rescue mission crashes; 7 die

A Serbian military helicopter crashed near Belgrade in foggy weather while evacuating a sick baby from the south of the country, killing all seven people on board, officials said Saturday.

The crash was late Friday near Belgrade's international airport, 18 miles west of the capital.

The government said the Russian-made MI-17 transport helicopter had four crew members, two medical workers, and the 5-day-old baby with life-threatening respiratory problems.

The crash in limited visibility caused several commercial flights to be rerouted to other airports.

TV footage showed the bulk of the fuselage plunged into a muddy field, with debris spread around. The military sealed off the area for an investigation.

The helicopter was dispatched to the southern region of Raska after an ambulance transporting the baby to an emergency hospital in Belgrade got stuck by a landslide blocking the road. - AP
PAKISTAN

Suspect detained again

A defense lawyer says Pakistan has again detained the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks for one month after a court ordered his release. Lawyer Rizwan Abbasi says the detention order for Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi was issued Saturday. The development came a day after a court canceled an earlier order under which Lakhvi was detained for three months in December, drawing criticism from neighboring India. - AP
SIERRA LEONE

Hiding and defiant

Sierra Leonean Vice President Samuel Sam Sumana said he will not resign after President Ernest Bai Koroma sent troops to his home Saturday morning. Sumana said he is seeking asylum from the U.S. and will go to Parliament and the courts to retain his post. He spoke by phone from the capital, Freetown, where he is in hiding. "I will not resign, I want to seek justice," he said. Sumana is not in the U.S. Embassy, State Department spokesman Darby Holladay said in an e-mail. Koroma expelled Sumana from his ruling party this month on "anti-party" activities, including charges that he lied abut his credentials and background. Sumana has denied the charges. - Bloomberg