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The authorities in Indonesia say a passenger plane is thought to have crashed shortly after taking off from Jakarta. 62 people were on board the Boeing 737 operated by the budget Indonesian carrier Sriwijaya Air. The Navy said it sent search teams to the last-known coordinates of the plane. Safety officials say the pilot did not send out distress signal.

The Taliban and the Afghan government have resumed peace negotiations in the gulf state of Qatar. They are expected to start addressing an agenda which includes power-sharing plans. The violence is continuing in Afghanistan. The Taliban says a ceasefire is only possible after progress on other substantial issues in the talks.

At least four people have died as a result of a snow storm in Spain, the country’s heaviest in 50 years. Storm F has also halted flights and buses in Madrid.

In Britain, Queen Elizabeth and her husband The Duke of Edinburgh have been vaccinated against covid-19. They were given their jabs by their doctor at W Castle near London. A BBC correspondent said the Queen who’s 94 and the 99-year-old duke normally keep their medical details private but wanted to set an example this time.

Coast Rican authorities say they seized a record quantity of drugs last year. More than 71 tons of cocaine and cannabis were discovered by Coast Rican police in 2020, an increase of about 50% from the previous year.

The Airline Saudia says it will start flying to Qatar again following the recent deal that ended a long-running dispute between Saudi Arabia and its neighbor. Flights resume on Monday.

And an outcry on social media has forced a Joseph Stalin-themed take-away restaurant in Moscow to close down a day after it opened. One blogger said it was like opening a Hitler restaurant in Berlin. The owner said he had expected some reaction but not the huge media attention.
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