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A witness said the plane broke apart and caught fire.


Enraged Islamists protest equal rights for women

DHAKA | Police clashed with demonstrators and arrested dozens in Bangladesh, as a hard-line Muslim group enforced a paralyzing general strike Monday against a new policy giving women equal inheritance rights.

The protesters, mostly students of Islamic schools, smashed vehicles, set fire to a fuel station and attacked a convoy of devotees on their way to an Islamic shrine in southeastern Bangladesh, police said. Police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse protesters in various parts of the country.

Dozens were injured in clashes across the country during the strike, police said.


Convicted killer guilty of stealing dead president’s body

NICOSIA | A jailed murderer ordered his brother to dig up the corpse of the island’s former president and hide it, so he could negotiate his own release from prison, a court ruled Monday.

The court found the convicted killer, Antonis Prokopiou Kitas, his brother, Mamas, and a third man, Sarbjit Singh of India, guilty of stealing the body of Tassos Papadopoulos, whose corpse was snatched from a Nicosia cemetery during an overnight storm in December 2009. It was reburied three months later, after police found his body and arrested the suspects.

Sentencing will be April 18.

From wire dispatches and staff reports