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Ferry capsizes; at least 37 dead

Associated Press / November 29, 2009

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Bangladesh
DHAKA - A triple-deck ferry packed with hundreds of travelers heading home for an Islamic festival capsized as they disembarked in southern Bangladesh, leaving at least 37 dead and scores missing, authorities said yesterday. M.V. Coco, traveling from the capital, Dhaka, went down late Friday as it arrived at Nazirhat, 64 miles to the south. Some survivors said the boat hit a shoal as it approached the terminal, breaking the hull. As passengers scrambled to disembark, the vessel tipped and partially sank in the Tetulia River.

China
3 Americans die in cargo plane crash
SHANGHAI - A Zimbabwe-registered cargo plane crashed in flames during takeoff from Shanghai’s main airport yesterday, killing three American crew members and injuring four others on board. The accident closed two runways at the Pudong airport for several hours. The MD-11 cargo plane, operated by Zimbabwe-based Avient Aviation, was headed for Kyrgyzstan, Xinhua said.

US terror suspect sentenced for drugs
BEIJING - An American man wanted in the United States on terrorism charges has been sentenced in China for making illegal drugs, a court official said yesterday. Justin Franchi Solondz, 30, was given three years in prison Friday, the official at the intermediate court in Dali city said. The FBI office in Seattle lists Solondz among its “most wanted.’’ Its website says the 2006 charges are related to his alleged involvement with the Earth Liberation Front. The site says Solondz is accused of playing a role in the destruction of a horticulture center at the University of Washington and buildings in Oregon.