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  • Anis Amri: Three arrested, including suspect's nephew

    Milan, Italy (CNN)The nephew of Anis Amri, the man suspected of being responsible for the attack on a Berlin Christmas market, has been arrested in Tunisia, the country's Interior Ministry said Saturday.

    He is one of three men being held in prison on "suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organization and connections with terrorist offenses," according to the ministry.
    A statement from the ministry said Amri and his nephew had communicated with each other via the Telegram app, an encrypted messaging service.
    Amri asked the nephew to pledge allegiance to ISIS, the ministry said, citing a confession from the nephew. The statement did not name the nephew.
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    The ministry also said Amri was in touch with his nephew and sent him money through a third party after asking him to join the "Abu Al Wala" cell operating for ISIS in Germany.
    According to TAP, a Tunisian state-run news agency, the three men are between 18 and 27.
    Earlier Saturday, a senior Italian counterterrorism official told CNN's Nina dos Santos "had all the hallmarks of being on the run alone" when he was killed in a shootout with two Italian police officers in Milan on Friday.
    Amri appeared to have packed hastily and was carrying just over 1,000 euros with him.
    Amri, who the official said was "wearing three pairs of trousers on top of each other," had no cellphone, no ID and had just a toothbrush and shaving foam in his backpack.
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    The subject of a Europe-wide manhunt since Monday's fatal market attack, Amri was stopped in Sesto San Giovanni, a district in the northeastern part of Milan, just after 3 a.m. local time, Italian police said on Twitter.
    A video released on ISIS-affiliated website Amaq shows Amri pledging allegiance to the group's leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and vowing that "we will slaughter" the "crusaders who are shelling the Muslims every day."
    Italian police and forensics experts gather around the body of suspected Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri.
     
    He does not refer to Monday's attack that left 12 dead and injured 48, and it's not clear when or where the video was recorded.
    Italian investigators are still assessing whether Amri acted alone or had accomplices.
    The encounter that led to Amri's death began when Italian police asked for his papers. When that happened, Amri pulled a .22-caliber gun out of his backpack and fired at them, police said.
     
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    The driver of the police car returned fire, killing the 24-year-old suspect. A police officer, Cristian Morio, was shot in the encounter and is recovering in the hospital. A second officer, Luca Scata, was unharmed.
    Amri shouted, "Bastard cops," before he was shot, according to Milan police Chief Antonio De Iesu.
    Giuseppe Guida, a taxi driver who arrived on the scene about 10 minutes after the shooting, said police tried to resuscitate the suspect for half an hour before an ambulance carted him away.
     
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    At a news conference, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti said the slain man was Amri "without any doubt." The Tunisian had previously lived in Italy.
    The officers were not searching for him but stopped Amri as part of normal patrol operations, De Iesu said.
    Nobody had alerted the police to Amri's presence in the city.

    Amri traveled from France, report says

    Italian news agency ANSA said Amri came to Milan by train from the French region of Savoy.
    A spokeswoman for the French anti-terrorism prosecutor's office, Agnes Thibault Lecuivre, could not confirm the report, telling CNN the investigation was ongoing.
    Milan police said Amri arrived at the city's central station about 1 a.m. Friday.
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    If he did travel from France, Amri would have passed through at least two European borders after fleeing Berlin.
    In response, Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front Party, criticized the European Union's open borders policy as a "security disaster."
    German officials are working to determine whether Amri had a network of people helping him flee to Italy, German federal prosecutor Peter Frank said.

    Amri was on threat list

    Amri was considered to be one of the most dangerous Islamists in the country for months before Monday's attack, according to German intelligence officials.
    In March, he was put on a German security services list of dangerous people, which currently includes 549 individuals, the officials said.
     
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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a press conference that government ministers will be assessing what security measures need to be adapted in the wake of this week's attack.
    Merkel said she had spoken to Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi about speeding up the process of returning Tunisians living in Germany illegally.

    Links to Italy

    Without identification, Amri entered Italy in February 2011 and claimed to be a 17-year-old minor, a spokesman for the Italian state police, Mario Viola, told CNN earlier this week.
    While in Italy, he served four years in prison after being involved in an arson attack on a school, his father told Tunisian radio.
    Viola said that Amri's jail term for damaging state property, assault and arson at the Lampedusa refugee center began in late 2011. He was released in May 2015.
     
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    Italian authorities ordered his deportation, but Tunisian authorities wouldn't accept the request on the grounds of a lack of proper documentation, Viola said.
    At that point, Italian authorities told Amri to leave the country, and officials lost track of him.
    Amri was "not suspected" of terrorism at the time and was considered a "petty criminal," Viola said. The Tunisian came to Italy at the same time as thousands of others amid the turmoil of the Arab Spring, he said.
    He left for Germany more than a year ago.

    How the manhunt unfolded

    Amri's fingerprints were found in the cabin of the truck used in Monday's attack, and German authorities are investigating whether the gun Amri used Friday was the same one in the shooting death of the truck's Polish driver.
    The slain driver may have been involved in a struggle with Amri before being shot.
    German authorities initially detained a Pakistani asylum seeker in connection with the Christmas market attack, but he was later released and a search began for Amri.
    European authorities offered a reward of up to 100,000 euros (about $104,000) for information on his whereabouts.
    According to German investigative files obtained by CNN, Amri had ties to an ISIS recruitment network in Germany and had previously discussed launching an attack there.

    Amri's mother: 'I want the truth

    Amri's mother, Nour Elhouda Hassani, said her son called last Friday to catch up and that nothing had struck her as odd.
    "All we talked about was how are you and how is everything. I did not notice anything strange about him," she said, speaking to CNN exclusively from her family's home in the small Tunisian town of Oueslatia. "When he calls me, he was playful and always laughing. He was not an extremist, he was like all young men around here. He always went out and drank alcohol."
    She demanded answers about his death.
    "I want the truth about what happened to my son," she said. "I want the Tunisian and German government to tell me what happened to my son. We want the truth. Why did they kill him? He was a suspect; they could have gotten more information from him, had they captured him alive. Was he a terrorist? No, my son was not a terrorist."
     
     
     
     
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  • Russian plane with 92 aboard crashes into the Black Sea

    MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian plane headed to an air base in Syria with 92 people aboard, including members of a well-known military choir, crashed into the Black Sea on Sunday minutes after taking off from the resort city of Sochi, Russia's Defense Ministry said.

    There was no indication anyone survived the crash of the Tu-154, which belonged to the Defense Ministry and was taking the Alexandrov Ensemble to a New Year's concert at the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia. Crews recovered several bodies and ships, helicopters and drones were searching the area for more.

    A total of 84 passengers and eight crew members were on the plane when it disappeared from radars two minutes after taking off in good weather. Emergency crews found fragments about 1.5 kilometers (less than one mile) from shore. There was no immediate word on the cause.

    Viktor Ozerov, head of the defense affairs committee at the upper house of Russian parliament, said the crash could have been caused by a technical malfunction or a crew error, but he believes it could not have been terrorism because the plane was operated by the military.

    "I totally exclude" the idea of an attack bringing down the plane, he said in remarks carried by state RIA Novosti news agency.

    The passenger list released by the Defense Ministry included 64 members of the Alexandrov Ensemble, among them its leader, Valery Khalilov. The ensemble is the official choir of the Russian military and also includes a band and a dance company.

    The military has repeatedly flown groups of Russian singers and artists to perform at Hemeimeem, which serves as the main hub for the Russian air campaign in Syria conducted since September 2015. New Year's is the main holiday for most Russians, and the Orthodox Christmas on Jan. 7 is also widely celebrated.

    Also on board was Yelizaveta Glinka, a Russian doctor who has won wide acclaim for her charity work that included missions to war zones in eastern Ukraine and Syria. Her foundation said that Glinka was accompanying a shipment of medicines for a hospital in Syria.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin presented Glinka with an award earlier this month.

    "We never feel sure that we will come back alive," she said at the Kremlin award ceremony. "But we are sure that kindness, compassion and charity are stronger than any weapon."

    Nine Russian journalists from three Russian television stations were also among the passengers.

    Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu was personally coordinating the rescue efforts, and President Vladimir Putin has received official reports on the incident.

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev described the crash as a "terrible tragedy."

    The Tu-154 is a Soviet-built three-engine airliner designed in the late 1960s. More than 1,000 have been built, and they have been used extensively by carriers in Russia and worldwide.

    In recent years, Russian airlines have replaced their Tu-154s with more modern planes, but the military and some other government agencies in Russia have continued to use them.

    While noisy and fuel-guzzling by modern standards, the plane has been popular with crews that appreciate its maneuverability and ruggedness.

    "It's an excellent plane, which has proven its reliability during decades of service," veteran pilot Oleg Smirnov said in televised remarks.

    The plane that crashed was built in 1983, and underwent repairs in 2014, according to the Defense Ministry.

    In April 2010, a Tu-154 carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others crashed while trying to land in bad weather at a sporadically used military airport in Smolensk in western Russia, killing everyone on board. Investigations by both Polish and Russian experts blamed pilot error in bad weather conditions, but Polish authorities have launched a new probe.

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  • Amazon just announced Amazon Go, a grocery store with no checkout

     

    Amazon is the web’s largest retailer, but the company has long been planning a move into the brick-and-mortar retail scene as well. Now, the reports that Amazon was hard at work on a revolutionary corner store concept have finally achieved fruition. It’s called Amazon Go, and it looks like the future.

    Amazon Go is a system that marries physical stores with advanced algorithms and sensors to eliminate the need for a typical store checkout. Instead of packing all the things you need into a basket or cart and then dragged it through a tedious checkout process, you just grab whatever you need and walk out of the store.

     

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    It sounds like a shaky concept at first, but only until you see just how advanced the technology really is. When you first walk into the store, you use your smartphone to open you virtual shopping cart. As you make your way around the store, a vast system of sensor tracks where you are, what you pick up, and what you take with you. The system even knows if you pick something up and then put it back, and will only charge you for things you actually intended to buy.

     

    Once you’ve gotten when you came for, walking out of the store prompts the system to charge you for the products you’ve taken, and the receipt for your trip pops up automatically on the app. Amazon calls the system “Just Walk Out.”

    The store, which is currently only open to Amazon employees but is poised to welcome all Amazon shoppers soon, is located in the company’s home town of Seattle. At present, only one store has been announced, but it’s clear that with a four-year development and considerable investment being made, the company has ambitions beyond Seattle.

     

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  • LaFerrari Auctioned Off for $7 Million and Romanian Gymkhana Is Pretty Great: The Evening Rush

    LaFerrari Auctioned Off for $7 Million and Romanian Gymkhana Is Pretty Great: The Evening Rush

    The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. Less time searching, more time driving. Motor on.

    Automotive

    Last week we discussed how Ferrari and R.M. Sotheby’s were teaming up to auction off the 500th LaFerrari to aid central Italy earthquake victims. Well, the auction occurred this past weekend in Monterey—and the custom Ferrari went for an impressive $7 million, making it the priciest successful auction of a car made in the 21st Century.

    Spy shots of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class have leaked, and although the vehicle is heavily camouflaged, the cosmetic changes are evident. The new design should be powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six and is expected to arrive in 2018.

    We all know Ken Block is a legend for his incredible Gymkhana videos, but that does not mean others can't bring the hoonage. Ford Romania took advantage of that idea and made their own Gymkhana video using a Fiesta R5 rally car. The sporty 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder cranks out 290 horsepower and proudly spits flames as it careens around the Croatia factory floor. 

    Gear

    Confidently track the air quality in your home with Awair Glow Smart Outlet. This small wall mounted device uses your smartphone and LED lights to notify you of an environment’s current air quality. In order to help correct situations where air quality is dimensioning, you can plug lamps, A/C units, fans, etc. into Awair, and the device will control them. The unit tracks temperature, humidity, dust, CO2, and a variety of harmful chemicals. 

     

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  • Boeing responds after Trump knocks contract for Air Force One jets

    Yahoo NewsDecember 6, 2016

    Donald Trump declared Tuesday morning that the Air Force should cancel its contract with Boeing to build two new presidential airplanes, asserting that the agreement had a $4 billion price tag.

    “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” the president-elect tweeted.

    It’s not clear how Trump, who frequently tweets exaggerated or baseless claims, arrived at that number. Reuters, citing budget documents, reported that the “budgeted costs for the Air Force One replacement program are $2.87 billion for the fiscal years 2015 through 2021.”

    The aircraft manufacturing company issued a statement clarifying that it is currently under contract for $170 million to determine the capabilities of the new aircraft.

    “We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States. We look forward to working with the U.S. Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer.”

    This preliminary process is expected to determine the ultimate cost that the forthcoming Air Force One aircraft will cost taxpayers.

    “Well, the plane is totally out of control,” Trump told reporters in Trump Tower. “It’s going to be over $4 billion for the Air Force One program. And I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.”

    An Air Force One aircraft at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
    An Air Force One aircraft at Joint Base Andrews near Washington, D.C. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

    Jason Miller, Trump’s communications director, further told reporters that Trump’s tweet “really speaks to the president-elect’s focus on keeping costs down across the board with regard to government spending.”

    He continued: “I think people are really frustrated with some of the big price tags that are coming out for programs even in addition to this one. So we’re going to look for areas where we can keep costs down and look for ways where we can save money.”

    The full details of the new contract have not yet been released, but some of the costs can be attributed to the high-end security and communications demands of a roaming commander in chief.

    A president needs the ability to travel anywhere on the planet quickly and with little notice. The aircraft has unlimited range because it is capable of refueling while airborne. The jet can function as a mobile command center if the U.S. is under attack. It contains sophisticated, secure communications equipment and onboard electronics that can protect against electromagnetic pulses.

    The term “Air Force One” can be used to describe any aircraft carrying the president, but since the mid-20th century, it became associated with jets specifically equipped for the president. Now the term refers to one of two modified Boeing 747-200B series aircraft.

    “We have many decades of productive relationships with presidential administrations from both political parties and I would expect that we will reach the same point with the Trump administration,” Todd Blecher, a spokesman for Boeing, told Yahoo News.

    Aboard Air Force One, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said there are unique technical requirements for the project to ensure that future presidents have upgraded capabilities while representing the United States abroad.

    As for Trump’s tweet, Earnest said, “I’d refer to my colleagues at the Department of Defense for the particulars of the procurement contract. Some on the statistics that have been, uh, cited, shall we say, don’t appear to reflect the nature of the financial agreement between Boeing and the Department of Defense,” according to a pool report.

    He said that the current Air Force One is “nearing the end of its projected life” and that future presidents should have a “modern presidential aircraft.”

    A profile on the White House’s website says Air Force One is operated by the Presidential Airlift Group, founded during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt in 1944. The group is part of the White House Military Office.

     
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  • Apple says iPhones safe despite China fires

    Apple has blamed "external factors" for a handful of iPhone battery fires in China.

    Eight users have complained to Shanghai's consumer watchdog that their iPhone 6 series handsets spontaneously combusted or exploded.

    The US tech giant said it had conducted tests on the devices and had found "no cause for concern with these products".

    One technology analyst told the BBC she did not believe it to be a widespread problem.

    Apple said the iPhones had external physical damage "which led to the thermal event".

    The watchdog's report quoted one woman as saying her iPhone 6S Plus exploded in August, shattering the screen and leaving the battery and back of the phone blackened.

    'Top priority'

    But the company has denied that it was slow to respond to consumer complaints raised by the state-run Shanghai Consumer Council.

    'We treat safety as a top priority and have found no cause for concern with these products,' the company added.

    Xiaohan Tay, technology analyst for IDC in Beijing, said: "From what we are seeing in the market, it doesn't seem to be a big problem yet in China, we can't confirm whether all iPhone 6 and 6S models are at risk."

    "At this point, it doesn't seem that there is any major implication yet for the iPhones sold outside of China," she told the BBC.

    However, complaints against Apple have surged in the past two months according to the Shanghai Consumer Council.

    China sales

    They include reports of sudden shutdowns of the iPhone 6 and 6S - even though batteries still had enough power.

    Apple last month offered to change iPhone 6S batteries for Chinese users who complained of the sudden shutdowns.

    But it has maintained that the problem did not constitute a safety issue.

    The firm has seen Chinese sales fall over the past three quarters following rising competition with domestic smartphone makers offering cheaper models.

    Those domestic handset makers are likely to have received a boost after South Korea's Samsung Electronics recalled 2.5 million Note 7 handsets globally following a series of battery fires.

    Analysts say those problems have not only damaged Samsung's reputation but have raised distrust of foreign smartphone brands in China.

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  • Trump says he will 'leave business' to focus on presidency

    President-elect Donald Trump has announced he is leaving "business in total" to focus on presidency and avoid perceived conflicts of interest.

    Mr Trump said he would be expanding on his plans at a press conference with his children next month.

    He previously dismissed concerns over potential conflicts between his businesses and the presidency.

    There is no legal requirement to liquidate assets but past US presidents have set aside their business dealings.

    In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Mr Trump said: "I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

    "While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.

    "Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!

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  • U.S. sends nondelegation delegation to Castro services

    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily news briefing on Nov. 29. Earnest discussed the funeral of Fidel Castro, flag burning and other topics. (Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP)

    President Obama is sending two senior officials to represent the United States at a service on Tuesday for the late Cuban leader Fidel Castro. But don’t call it an official delegation, the White House insisted.

    “I can tell you that the president has decided not to send a presidential delegation to attend the memorial service today,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters. “I can tell you, however, that Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes will attend the service, as will the top U.S. diplomat in Cuba, Jeff DeLaurentis.”

    Rhodes was one of the key architects of the secret diplomacy with Cuba that led to the stunning December 2014 announcement that the two Cold War adversaries would renew diplomatic relations and pursue deeper economic ties. Obama nominated DeLaurentis, the top U.S. official at the embassy in Havana, to be ambassador, but Republicans have blocked the nomination.

    Although Rhodes and DeLaurentis “will be representing the United States at the memorial service this evening,” Earnest said, Obama has withheld the official “delegation” designation in a symbolic show of disapproval toward the government in Havana.

    ”There are many aspects of the U.S.-Cuba relationship that were characterized by a lot of conflict and turmoil, not just during the Castro regime, but we continue to have some significant concerns about the way the Cuban government currently operates, particularly with regard to protecting the basic human rights of the Cuban people,” the spokesman said.

    “This is an appropriate way to show respect, to participate in the events that are planned for this evening, while also acknowledging some of the differences that remain between our two countries,” Earnest said.

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  • Chapecoense plane crash: Thousands of fans hold vigil for team

    Thousands of people in Chapeco in Brazil have held a vigil for the victims of a plane crash, who included most of the city's football team.

    Fans of the Chapecoense team walked from the city centre to the stadium where they prayed and sang. A service was also held in the city's cathedral.

    The team were flying to Colombia for the biggest match in their history when their plane went down shortly before landing in Medellin, late on Monday.

    Six of the 77 people on board survived.

    It is not clear what brought down the chartered aircraft, but some unconfirmed reports have suggested there was an electrical fault, while others say the plane was low on fuel. Both flight recorders have been recovered.

    Crew member Ximena Suarez, who survived the flight, said "the lights went out and I don't remember anything after that".

    'It's really tough'

    Some 10,000 people - including family members of the players - gathered in Chapeco's Arena Conda stadium on Tuesday evening, still stunned by the extent of their loss.

    Fans wearing the club's green and white colours sang the names of the players and shouted "champions". Families of the players hugged each other on the pitch.

    "It is really hard to speak. We always come to the games. We'd come to the stadium and sit right in the same spot," said fan Daniel Marline.

    "And we came here today, we sat here, but we know that this weekend, next week, our fighting team won't be here anymore in this stadium. It's tough. It's really tough."

    Brazil has begun three days of official mourning, while minute silences have been held at football grounds around the world.

    Players Marcos Danilo Padilha and Alan Ruschel post a picture to social media of themselves shortly before the plane goes downImage copyrightINSTAGRAMImage captionLast photo: Players Marcos Danilo Padilha and Alan Ruschel posted a picture to social media of themselves shortly before the plane went down

    Brazilians doctors have already flown to Colombia in order to identify the bodies, and arrange for them to be brought home. This could happen in the coming days, as the lack of a fire at the crash site has made retrieving and identifying the bodies of the 71 victims relatively easy, emergency workers say.

    The team were due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana against the Colombian team Atletico Nacional later on Wednesday.

    Atletico Nacional has asked fans instead to come to the stadium dressed in white for a candelit vigil. They have also offered to concede the game to ensure Chapecoense are declared the champions.

    In other tributes, Brazilian first division football teams have offered to lend players to Chapecoense free of charge for the 2017 season, and asked the league to protect the club from relegation for the next three years.

    Leading footballers, from Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Neymar, to Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, have also paid tribute to the players.

     
     

    Media captionFootage shows the devastation following the crash near Medellin in Colombia

    Alongside the football team, there were also 21 journalists on board the doomed flight - including well-known Brazilian commentator and ex-footballer Mario Sergio Pontes de Paiva.

    Three of the six survivors are footballers:

    • Defender Alan Ruschel, who suffered spinal injuries
    • Defender Helio Zampier Neto, who has injuries to his skull and chest
    • Reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follman, who has had his right leg amputated and is said to be in a stable condition

    As well as Ms Suarez, flight technician Erwin Tumiri and journalist Rafael Henzel also survived.

    Mr Tumiri said he had "followed the security guidelines".

    "Many stood up and started shouting. I put the suitcases between my legs and assumed the brace position".

    Chapeco's mayor and the manager's son were among four people who had been on the passenger manifest but did not make the flight. "Only God knows why I ended up staying behind," Mayor Luciano Buligon told Brazil's TV Globo.

     
     

    Media captionSports journalist Ricardo Setyon knew some of those on board

    Hailing from a small city of less than 200,000 inhabitants, Chapecoense football club had become an unlikely success stories in recent years, reaching Brazil's Serie A in 2014 and beating more established teams.

    Last week, it became the first Brazilian team in three years to make it to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's second most important club competition, after beating Argentine side San Lorenzo.

    Shortly before boarding the flight in Sao Paulo, Chapecoense manager Cadu Gaucho, 36, appeared in a video posted on the team's Facebook site [in Portuguese] describing the trip to Medellin as "the club's most important to date".

    One of the founders of the club, Alvadir Pelisser, told BBC Brasil the tragedy had put an "end to everyone's dream". "We were a family, I'm shocked," he added.

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