- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 11, 2006

KENYA

Plane crash kills government officials

MARSABIT — A Kenyan military plane crashed into a hillside yesterday and burst into flames, killing 14 persons, including two deputy ministers and four members of parliament.

“It is with deep sorrow and regret that I have received the news of the deaths of 14 members of a peace delegation,” President Mwai Kibaki said in a televised address. He announced three days of national mourning.

It was the eastern African nation’s worst air disaster since a light aircraft slammed into Mount Kenya in July 2003, killing 14 persons, including 12 members of an American family.

GHANA

110 feared dead as boat sinks

ACCRA — An overloaded motorboat carrying about 150 passengers on a vast lake in this West African nation sank, leaving 110 persons missing and feared dead, police said yesterday.

Forty persons are known to have survived the sinking Saturday afternoon on Lake Volta, police said.

The motorboat was carrying passengers across the world’s largest artificial lake to the mainland, where they were moving their homes after their island was designated a natural reserve.

BURMA

Ties restored with North Korea

TOKYO — Burma has agreed to restore diplomatic relations with North Korea that were cut off after the 1983 Rangoon bombing in which Pyongyang agents killed 17 South Korean officials, diplomatic sources in Tokyo said today.

The restoration of ties between military-ruled Burma and communist North Korea is taking place at a time when Pyongyang is locked in a bitter dispute with the international community over its nuclear weapons programs.

CANADA

Sri Lankan rebels listed as terrorists

OTTAWA — Canada has listed Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels as a terrorist group and made it a crime to support or participate in its activities, the new Conservative government announced yesterday.

“The decision to list the [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] is long overdue and something the previous government did not take seriously enough to act upon,” Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day said.

The LTTE is listed alongside al Qaeda as a terrorist group by several countries.

INDIA

45 dead as fire sweeps trade fair

LUCKNOW — A fire swept through tents at a trade fair yesterday in northern India, killing at least 45 persons and injuring 160, police said.

The fire broke out during a consumer electronics show in the town of Meerut, about 250 miles from the city of Lucknow.

BRITAIN

Fire damages house where Dickens wrote

BROADSTAIRS — A fire damaged the house where Charles Dickens lived while writing “David Copperfield,” but caused no injuries, fire authorities said yesterday.

Fire and rescue services responded to an alarm Sunday night at the house, now known as “Bleak House” after one of Dickens’ novels. The fire damaged a bedroom and a snooker room, but no one was in the building at the time.

The building was known as Fort House when Dickens lived there. It once housed a Dickens museum but was sold recently to a private owner. The imposing brick house in Broadstairs, 80 miles southeast of London, commands a view of Viking Bay.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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