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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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7 killed after Delhi-Bound train derails in Bihar

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NEW DELHI — At least seven people have died and 14 others injured after a Delhi-bound train derailed early Sunday morning in Bihar’s Vaishali district.

Eleven coaches of 12487 Seemanchal Express derailed near Sahadai Buzurg at around 3:52 am. Three of the coaches overturned and the high force of the impact destroyed them completely.

The injured are being transported to local hospitals.

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The superfast train from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at full speed when the accident took place, officials said.

Bodies are believed to be trapped inside one of the affected coaches and the number of dead is likely to rise, local police official said.

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