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More than 100 die in Cuban plane crash

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HAVANA — More than 100 people were killed when a Boeing 737 crashed soon after taking off from Havana in what appeared to be Cuba’s worst air disaster in nearly 30 years, officials and state media said on Friday.

A Cuban-operated airliner with at least 110 people aboard has crashed and burned in a field just after take-off from the Havana airport, the ruling Communist Party newspaper, Granma, said there were three survivors.

The passenger plane, on a domestic flight to Holguin in eastern Cuba, crashed at 12:08 p.m. (1608 GMT). Five of the passengers and the crew were foreign citizens, media reports said.

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The Mexican Government said Mexican citizens were among the dead, without providing further details.

The aircraft, on a domestic flight to Holguin in eastern Cuba, crashed shortly after taking off from Havana.State TV said the passenger jet veered sharply to the right after leaving the runway.

Cuba declared an official period of mourning from 6 a.m. on May 19 to 12 pm on May 20, during which the flag would be flown at half-mast outside state and military institutions.

Former Cuban president Raul Castro, who now heads the country’s ruling Communist Party, offered his condolences to the families of those who died in the crash as he recovered from a hernia operation, State media reported

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19 killed in Islamist militant attack on Nigerian village

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MAIDUGURI— At least 19 people have been killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria, a survivor of the attack said.

The militants attacked the village of Mailari in the Guzamala region of Borno state at around 2 am Sunday, according to the survivor, Abatcha Umar.

The strike is the latest blow to Nigeria’s efforts to defeat insurgencies by the Nigerian Islamist Boko Haram group and Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA).

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Umar said he had counted 19 people killed. However,an aid worker at a camp that received the survivors, and who declined to be identified, put the death toll at 63.

The Islamist militants had been spotted around the village three days before their attack, said Umar. Locals had warned Nigerian troops stationed in the nearby town of Gudumbali, but no action was taken, he said.

In recent months, the military has suffered its heaviest defeats in years, commanders have been repeatedly replaced, and special forces soldiers have mutinied.

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