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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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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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