Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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AUSTRALIA

Plane Lands In Water; 25 Injured

A twin-engine Australian plane had engine trouble, ditched into the water and sank, minutes after taking off from Sydney's main airport Sunday. All 25 people aboard were hurt.

Helicopters and fishing boats rescued the passengers and crew members before the plane filled with water and sank in 15 minutes, police said.

The accident occurred in Botany Bay, which is south of the city.

David McNicoll, a passenger, said the port engine sputtered as the plane climbed to about 300 feet. The plane lost altitude and the pilot tried to return to the airport, he told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"We slammed pretty heavily into the water," he said. "There was water pouring in through the overhead vents. . . . The plane then staggered up to the surface and we were evacuated."

Those aboard were hospitalized, most of them with cuts and bruises. Some suffered broken bones. AP

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BURUNDI

Residents In Capital Fear Violence

Fears of ethnic violence in Burundi's capital rose Sunday, the deadline for civilians to surrender firearms, a Western diplomat said.

The diplomat, who asked not to be identified, said there were fears of violence if the military stormed two neighborhoods in Bujumbura, where they have exchanged fire with armed civilians for months.

Most inhabitants of the two neighborhoods belong to the majority Hutu ethnic group. Burundi's military is dominated by the minority Tutsis. Soldiers and armed residents have exchanged sporadic gunfire since an abortive military coup in October.

The rivalry between the Tutsis and Hutus in Burundi and Rwanda has led to repeated episodes of bloodletting since the neighboring Central African countries gained independence in 1962. AP

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NORTHERN IRELAND

2 Protestants Slain; IRA Suspected

Two Protestant men were killed and a third was injured Sunday in a suspected IRA shooting in the Northern Ireland village of Garvagh, police said. The deaths raised the death toll from violence in the British-ruled province this year to 14. Most of the victims were Catholics killed by Protestant extremist gangs.

Police gave no details of Sunday's killings, but unconfirmed reports said the men were shot from a passing car as they walked in Garvagh, northwest of the province's capital Belfast. The condition of the third victim was not known.

The Irish Republican Army is battling against British rule in Protestant-majority Northern Ireland, which was partitioned from the rest of the island in the 1920s. Reuters

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ANGOLA

Rebel Head May Talk To President

UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi said Sunday that he was ready and willing to hold talks with Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos if the United Nations arranged a meeting. …

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