BREAKING: Thai official says Lao air force plane carrying defense minister crashes in Laos


Thai defense minister meeting. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta

(AP) — Thai official says Lao air force plane carrying defense minister has crashed in Laos.

BANGKOK (AP) — A Laos air force plane believed to be carrying 20 people including the country’s defense minister crashed on Saturday, Thailand’s Foreign Ministry said.

There was no immediate word on casualties, said the Foreign Ministry spokesman, Sek Wannamethee.

He said he was informed of the crash by authorities in neighboring Laos.

He did not immediately have any other details.

In October, a Lao Airlines ATR-72 turboprop crashed during a heavy storm as it approached Pakse Airport in southern Laos, killing all 49 people on board.

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” Russia will do it best to Ensure Peace in the `Ukraine’ according to FM”

AceWorldNews says that according to /ITAR-TASS/.Russia will do its best to ensure peace and calm in Ukraine, the Foreign Ministry reported on Wednesday.

“Russia demands the opposition leaders stop bloodshed in the country and resume a dialogue with the legitimate authorities without threats and ultimatums,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Ukraine is Russia’s friendly state and strategic partner. We’ll do our best to ensure peace and calm in the country,” the statement says.

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