Lost pilot hits tractor in field
A RUSSIAN pilot crashed yesterday when he lost his bearings and decided to ask a tractor driver for directions.
A police spokesman in southern Russia's Stavropol region said the pilot saw a tractor below and decided to land to get advice from the driver, but the plane grazed the tractor while landing in the field and broke its landing gear. No one was hurt in the crash.
'Cycle for your supper' deal
A DANISH hotel is pioneering a pedal-power electricity generation scheme, offering guests a "cycle for your supper" deal.
The Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers, 15 minutes from the centre of the Danish capital and five minutes from Scandinavia's main airport, is installing two exercise bicycles hooked up to generators.
Militant falls from Arc de Triomphe
A SUSPECTED Basque militant was seriously injured falling from the Arc de Triomphe as he and others climbed the Paris monument to hang a protest banner yesterday.
Police arrested six people in the protest, but during the descent one got stuck in scaffolding and another fell.
The banner read 'What Have You done to Jon Anza Ortunez', a member of the armed Basque group ETA who turned up in a Toulouse morgue last month, nearly a year after his mysterious disappearance.
Gascoigne enters 'not guilty' plea
FORMER England football star Paul Gascoigne has pleaded not guilty to driving a Ford Transit van while more than four times over the legal limit.
Northallerton Magistrates' Court in Yorkshire yesterday heard that when tested he was found to have 467 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107 milligrams.
Hardline group drop a clanger
HARDLINE militants in Somalia have banned school bells in one southern town because they say they are un-Islamic.
The Al-Shabab group told school heads the noise was too much like church bells.
Teachers now have to beat tables and doors to signal the start or end of classes.
Hard cheese for food-fight pupils
SCHOOL meals staff at Atlantic City High School in New Jersey served only cheese sandwiches for two days as punishment for a pupils' food fight.
A spokesman said the school supplies only the basic food requirement when there has been a food-throwing incident.
One parent complained after her daughter explained the menu, saying it was "prison food".