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In Brief

Train crushes 16 in western India
Sixteen people, including two children, were crushed to death under a train in western India, a local railway official said yesterday.
The accident took place late Wednesday night near the city of Surat in Gujarat state, railway police officer H.M. Patel told The Associated Press.
Those killed were believed to be poor migrant laborers from the state of Uttar Pradesh, he said.
Taliban deaths
Twenty-nine Taliban rebels allied with opium farmers in southern Afghanistan were killed when they tried to attack government poppy eradication missions, police said yesterday.
Four were killed early yesterday when a landmine they were planting in a road in Helmand province exploded early, provincial police chief General Mohammad Hussein Andiwal told Agence France-Presse.
Police clashed with militants for six hours on Wednesday in the same district, leaving 25 rebels dead, he said.
Twelve-hour swim
A fisherman swam 12 hours to reach the shore while another survived 30 hours at sea until a helicopter spotted him yesterday after their trawler sank off the Australian coast, rescuers said.
A third fisherman is still missing.
Iran remains defiant
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Muslim countries did not need the approval of the United States to record great achievements, amid continued tension over Iran's nuclear drive.
"Some Islamic countries think that if the United States does not agree they cannot be successful," Khamenei was quoted telling visiting Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade on Wednesday. "This opinion is a lie and wrong. If nations decide without the approval of superpowers they can do great work," Khamenei added.


Updated : 2021-04-17 19:08 GMT+08:00