Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Death Toll in Guatemala Children's Shelter Fire Rises to 40

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

World Briefs: Death Toll in Guatemala Children's Shelter Fire Rises to 40

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Death toll rises in Guatemalan shelter fire

The death toll in a fire at a Guatemalan children's shelter has risen to 40 with the death of another girl due to burns.

The death was announced Sunday by the Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala City.

The fire began when mattresses were set ablaze during a protest by residents at the overcrowded youth shelter.

Authorities are still searching for answers in the disaster. Prosecutors spokeswoman Julia Barrera says the head of the country's protective services agency has been ordered not to leave Guatemala.

Nineteen adolescents perished at the scene of Wednesday's inferno and 21 have died in local hospitals.

Bus plows through Haitian festival * A bus plowed into people taking part in an early morning street festival in Haiti on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and injuring 17, officials said.

The accident occurred at about 3 a.m. in the city of Gonaives when a passenger bus first hit two people at a bus stop and then continued into a crowd of people participating in a Rara festival, an Easter season Haitian musical celebration, said Josepth Faustin, civil defense coordinator for the Artibonito region.

Faustin said angry festival-goers then attacked the bus and tried to burn it before police rescued the passengers aboard. The bus driver fled and was being sought. He said the cause of the accident was unclear.

Iran builds a tank * Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the country has unveiled a domestically manufactured tank and has launched a mass-production line. The report quotes Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan as saying: "The tank has the capability to fire missiles and precisely guide them."

Fars says the tank named "Karrar" is equipped with an electro-optical fire control system and laser range-finder and is capable of firing at both stable and mobile targets day or night.

Iran has been producing its own weapons and military equipment, including missiles, fighter jets and submarines, for more than two decades. …

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