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Train crash kills 13 in southern India
NEW DELHI, India
A passenger train crashed into a vehicle carrying local council officials at an unmanned rail crossing in southern India yesterday, killing 13 people in the van, a news report said.
The accident occurred in the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu state, nearly 1600 kilometers south of New Delhi Press Trust of India news agency reported.
The vehicle was carrying a total of 23 people to Chennai, the state capital, to meet the state's top elected official, M. Karunanidhi, the news agency said.
Some people were seriously injured in the accident and hospitalized, PTI said.
Rail crossings in India generally have attendants who manually raise and lower the guard gates. However, smaller rail crossings are mostly unmanned, and rural buses and other vehicles are often hit by speeding trains.
China workers missing
BEIJING, China
Sixteen Chinese fishing workers were missing yesterday after they were swept out to sea while harvesting seaweed in the country's southeast, state media said.
A search-and-rescue operation was under way in Rudong, a county in Jiangsu province, where 18 workers were using tractors to gather seaweed Sunday while the tide was out, the Xinhua News Agency said.
The sea started to return in the early evening and by midnight it was around 7 meters high, it said.
The workers were pulled into the ocean by the current while they were trying to escape, Xinhua said. Two were rescued but another 16 - 13 women and three men - were missing, Xinhua said.
Cancer rape probe
MUMBAI, India
Indian police were investigating if rape was behind a terminally ill cancer patient becoming pregnant during her stay at one of the country's top hospitals last year.
The 16-year-old girl, who suffers from bone and soft tissue tumor, lodged a rape complaint with police at the weekend after she was told by doctors that she was pregnant.
Police said the girl named two attendants at the Tata Memorial Hospital as responsible for raping her while she was in a semi-conscious state after surgery at the hospital in the western city of Mumbai in November last year.
"It's hundred percent sure she is pregnant," Anil Nalawade, police assistant commissioner, said. The girl got pregnant about five months ago.
Hospital authorities said they were probing the allegations.
Japan suicide pact
TOKYO, Japan
Five young Japanese were found dead inside a sealed van yesterday in an apparent group suicide, authorities said.
A passer-by discovered the bodies of the three men and two women, all believed to be in their twenties, slumped in the vehicle parked along the Yasu River in western Shiga prefecture (state) yesterday afternoon, according to local police official Takao Higuchi.
Investigators found a charcoal stove in the van and suspect the group died of asphyxiation, Higuchi said. Charcoal stoves, which emit carbon monoxide fumes that cause asphyxia in sealed areas, are typically used in group suicides in Japan.
Police have yet to identify the bodies and do not yet know what the relationship is between the five, Higuchi said.