Aircraft crash in Afghanistan kills 7 Queen Beatrix says farewell Medical help arrives at Gitmo
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A civilian cargo aircraft crashed at Bagram Air Field, north of the Afghan capital, soon after takeoff on Monday, killing all seven people aboard, the U.S.-led military coalition said.
The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for the crash, but the coalition said in a statement to The Associated Press: "Taliban's claims are false."
AMSTERDAM -- The Netherlands' Queen Beatrix thanked her people Monday and urged them to support her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander, in a final address before she abdicates and he takes over as king.
Beatrix, 75, is to sign the papers enacting the once-in-a-generation change of royal titles Tuesday morning, the central moment in several days of festivities that are already underway.
"Now that my oldest son is to take over this fine and responsible job tomorrow, it is my deep wish that the new royal couple will feel themselves supported by your loving trust," the popular monarch said in a nationally televised address. Willem-Alexander's Argentine-born wife Princess Maxima will be queen.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Medical reinforcements have arrived at Guantanamo Bay to help deal with a hunger strike among prisoners at the U.S. base in Cuba.
Lt. Col. Samuel House said Monday that the roughly 40 nurses and other specialists arrived over the weekend. They are U.S. Navy personnel.
Prisoners began the hunger strike in February to protest conditions and their indefinite confinement. The number of striking prisoners has not risen since Saturday, when 100 of the 166 inmates had joined.
House says 21 have been receiving liquid nutrients through a nasal tube to prevent dangerous weight loss.