8 die in Afghan plane crash

KABUL, Afghanistan — A cargo plane contracted by a U.S.-based company crashed into mountains east of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, with initial reports saying all eight people aboard were killed, an Afghan airport official said.

The plane was flying from Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan, when it went down east of the capital at about 8 p.m., Kabul airport director Mohammad Yaqub Rassuli told the Associated Press.

An Associated Press photographer near the scene saw wreckage ablaze on a hillside.

The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known. Weather conditions were clear Tuesday evening.

Israeli orchestra to play works by Wagner

JERUSALEM — An Israeli orchestra will perform works by Adolf Hitler's favorite composer, Richard Wagner, in a taboo-breaking concert in Germany next year, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The Israel Chamber Orchestra will play works by Wagner at the Bayreuth festival in Germany in July, spokeswoman Meirav Magen Lelie said. It will be the first time an Israeli orchestra has played Wagner in Germany.

Since its founding in 1948, Israel has observed an informal ban on Wagner's music because of its use in Nazi propaganda before and during World War II.

Many Israelis still refuse to buy German-made products, and performances of the 19th-century composer are kept off stages and airwaves out of respect to the country's 220,000 Holocaust survivors.

Sensitivities are so high that the orchestra won't even rehearse in Israel and will only practice in Germany a few days before the festival, Magen Lelie said.