- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 29, 2009

CHINA

3 Americans die in plane crash

SHANGHAI | A Zimbabwe-registered cargo plane crashed in flames during takeoff from Shanghai’s main airport Saturday, killing three American crew members and injuring four others on board.

The accident closed two runways at the Pudong airport in China’s largest city for several hours.

The MD-11 cargo plane, operated by Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation, was heading to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, the Xinhua news agency said.

Three Americans in the seven-member crew died and a fourth was injured, U.S. Embassy spokesman Richard Buangan told the Associated Press. Shanghai television said the other crew members were from Indonesia, Belgium and Zimbabwe.

PERU

Peru apologizes to blacks for slavery

LIMA | Peru’s government on Saturday formally apologized to Peruvians of African descent for the slavery and discrimination their forebears suffered since the time of the Spanish conquistadors.

“We extend a historical apology to Afro-Peruvian people for the abuse, exclusion and discrimination perpetrated against them since the colonial era until the present,” the Ministry of Women and Social Development said.

A public show of apology will take place at a “solemn and public ceremony,” the ministry added, without indicating a time or place for the ceremony.

Africans were first brought to Peru as slaves during the conquest of the region by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in the early part of the 16th century.

Blacks make up about 5 percent of Peru’s population of 29 million.

IRAN

Lawmaker threatens to quit nuke treaty

TEHRAN | A hard-line Iranian legislator warned Saturday that his country could pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty after a U.N. resolution censuring Tehran.

If Iran withdraws from the treaty, its nuclear program would no longer be subject to oversight by the U.N. nuclear agency.

Lawmaker Mohammed Karamirad’s threat came a day after the board of the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency passed a resolution demanding Tehran immediately stop building its newly revealed nuclear facility near the holy city of Qom and freeze uranium enrichment.

BANGLADESH

Ferry capsizes at dock; 37 dead

DHAKA | A triple-deck ferry packed with hundreds of travelers heading home for an Islamic festival capsized as they disembarked in southern Bangladesh, leaving at least 37 dead and scores missing, authorities said Saturday.

The M.V. Coco, traveling from the capital Dhaka, went down late Friday as it arrived at Nazirhat town in the coastal district of Bhola, 64 miles to the south. Some survivors said the boat hit a river shoal as it approached the terminal, breaking the hull and allowing water in. As passengers scrambled to disembark, the vessel tipped and partially sank in the Tetulia River.

CONGO

At least 73 dead in boat accident

KINSHASA | At least 73 people were killed and others were missing after a logging boat sank in a lake in the western Democratic Republic of Congo, a Red Cross official said Saturday.

The boat sank in bad weather. It had been transporting logs on Lake Mai Ndombe in Bandundu province with no authorization to take on passengers, United Nations-sponsored Radio Okapi said.

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