More bodies found in river
Search and rescue workers recovered 12 more dead bodies following a ferry accident, bringing the death toll to 39, police said yesterday. Local police chief Nuruzzaman Chowdhury said many people were gathered on the banks of the river Kirtankhola waiting for news on missing relatives following Thursday’s accident. “So far we have found 39 dead bodies and we are expecting to find more. We do not know exactly how many people are missing, but many relatives are asking police to find their loved ones,” he said. The small ferry, carrying more than 100 passengers, was hit by a boat in early morning fog.
Protests erupt after shooting
Protests erupted in Indian Kashmir yesterday over the killing of two Muslim youths in a shooting incident blamed on the army, police and witnesses said. Authorities have ordered a probe into the deaths, which took place on Saturday evening in north Kashmir after soldiers allegedly fired at a vehicle, sparking fresh anger against Indian troops in the disputed Himalayan region. “Indian forces go back, we want freedom,” mourners shouted as they marched with the body of one of the victims in Bumai village, 60km north of Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital.
Woman dies of bird flu
A 23-year-old woman has died of bird flu, medical officials said yesterday, in the country which has the world’s second-highest death toll from the virus. She died on Saturday, said the director of the hospital where she was being treated in Quang Ninh Province. Her death brings the nation’s death toll from the bird flu virus to 53.
Bashir to meet Mubarak
President Omar al-Bashir was expected to arrive in Egypt for talks on efforts to end the six-year conflict in Darfur, following a deal between a rebel group and Khartoum. Bashir was expected to meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during his one-day visit, which comes as the International Criminal Court appears close to deciding whether to issue an arrest warrant for the Sudanese leader. The court’s chief prosecutor asked in July for a warrant to be issued against Bashir for alleged genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. The New York Times reported earlier this month that the court had decided to issue the warrant, but a spokesman for the court in The Hague said that “at this moment, there is no arrest warrant.”
Opposition has new leader
The struggling center-left opposition elected a new leader on Saturday in a bid to relaunch itself following recent electoral losses. A Democratic Party congress selected Dario Franceschini as party secretary to replace Walter Veltroni, who stepped down on Tuesday. Franceschini, a moderate, had been Veltroni’s deputy in the party. His term will last until October, when a public vote is expected to be held. Veltroni resigned after the party suffered an embarrassing defeat in regional voting in Sardinia last week at the hands of a candidate backed by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Passenger train, bus collide
Twelve people were killed on Saturday when a local passenger train crashed into a tourist bus in the central part of the country, police said. The police updated its earlier reports that put the accident’s toll at 13 victims after the bus wreck was removed from the tracks, police spokeswoman Maria Faltaniova said. “The investigator on the spot confirmed that 12 victims were found [at the scene],” Faltaniova said. The collision took place at about 9am on an “unprotected” railroad crossing near a village of Polomka, the spokeswoman said. Two helicopters and 10 ambulances rushed to the scene.