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Russian cargo plane spills gold bars, platinum onto Yakutsk runway

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More than 170 gold bars and platinums fell out of a Russian cargo plane during takeoff on March 15 in the far-eastern city of Yakutsk, state media reported.

According to Russian news agency TASS, an An-12 cargo plane operated by the airline Nimbus carrying about nine tonnes of precious metals lost at least third of its cargo during takeoff from the Yakutsk airport, local investigators said in a statement.

Damage to a door handle caused it to fly open and spill some of the metal, the statement said.

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Authorities, however, have recovered 172 gold bars weighing 3.4 tons, the state-run TASS quoted Interior Ministry officials as saying. No one was hurt in the incident.

The plane, a Soviet-designed An-12, had been heading to the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk with the cargo from a local mining company.

The aircraft, operated by the transport company Nimbus, conducted an emergency landing in the town of Magan about 12 kilometers from Yakutsk.

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Man shots dead his 6-month-old son after wife refused to have sex with him

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A Brazilian man has allegedly shot dead his six-month-old son after his wife refused to have sex with him.

Police have charged Maycon Salustiano Silva, 25, with killing his son in the early hours of Wednesday morning after arguing with his 20-year-old wife Jeniffer at their home in Luziania, Brazil, DailyMail reported.

The baby, named Michel, was pronounced dead in the hospital two hours after the incident.

The accused allegedly claimed he had been drinking and smoking marijuana and ‘didn’t remember what happened.’

Detective Daniel Martins Ferreira, investigating the case, said police believe Silva shot the infant at point blank range ‘in a moment of rage.’

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‘We believe the suspect, in a moment of rage when he didn’t get what he wanted, shot the child at point blank range by resting the gun on the baby’s chest as he lay in the cot in his parent’s bedroom,’ he told local media.

A 22 gauge pistol was recovered tucked down the back of a sofa in the family’s living room, along with several rounds of ammunition.

‘The mother reported that her husband woke her up and wanted to have sex with her. She said she was tired and ‘did not want to’.

‘He then apparently became irritated and physically assaulted her in the argument that followed.’

In the midst of the quarrel, it is claimed Silva went to get some water but returned with a gun which he pointed at his wife.

‘At first he allegedly threatened to kill wife Jeniffer. She begged her husband to stay calm, but he only became angrier,’ Ferreira said.

‘She claims he turned the gun on their son and pointed the gun at his chest while demanding if she believed he had the courage to shoot their child. Then he allegedly shot the baby.’

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Neighbours who heard the woman’s screams called the police around 1.30am. Approximately two hours after police were called, an ambulance arrived at the family’s home. The infant was rushed to an emergency unit, but pronounced dead on arrival.

Silva, who has no previous criminal record, was arrested and charged with manslaughter and the illegal possession of a weapon. He is also accused of domestic violence.

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