Bushmen are 'police target'

A human rights group says a poaching crackdown by police in a Botswana game reserve is an attempt to intimidate Bushmen who won a court battle to live in the area.

Police spokesman Christopher Mbulawa said a police camp near a Bushmen settlement, was set up in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve "to deal with the escalating poaching in the area".

In 2006 the Bushmen, evicted from their ancestral lands in the game reserve, won the right to return to their desert-like homelands.

Plane crashes into Himalayas

A plane carrying 21 people crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip in Nepal's northern Himalayas, authorities said.

Rescuers recovered at least nine bodies from the wreckage site. Four survivors in critical condition were flown by helicopter to Pokhara for treatment.

Police official Nareswor Aryal said 16 people are Indian and two passengers are Westerners, but it is not known where the two Westerners are from.

Phone calls on Virgin flights

Passengers on Virgin Atlantic flights will be able to make and receive phone calls while in the air.

The facility, which also includes the sending and receiving of text messages, will be available on Virgin's new Airbus A330 flying from London to New York.

It will also feature on the airline's Boeing 747 planes, which are currently going through a ¤60m refurbishment. By the end of 2012, nearly 20 aircraft will provide the service.

Sandwich is

250 years old

The humble sandwich is 250 years old this year -- and model Jodie Kidd, who has a connection to the family which invented it, is launching a search for the top sandwich with Hovis.

The sandwich is believed to date from 1762 when John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, called for his manservant to bring him some cuts of beef between slices of bread.

Kidd said: "Sandwiches are one of life's little pleasures and everyone has their own preferences."