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World in brief: Indonesian ferry sinks in storm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Rescuers returned to choppy waters off Indonesia’s Sumatra island today to search for 21 passengers still missing after a ferry sank in a storm. Officials say 254 survivors were pulled from the sea and at least 29 other people drowned.

The Dumai Express 10 was hit by towering waves Sunday and sank about 90 minutes into an inter-island trip from Batam to Dumai in Riau, a province off the island of Sumatra in western Indonesia. A second ferry ran aground nearby, but all its passengers were said to be safe.

U.S. soldier killed in action in Iraq

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military says an American soldier has been killed in action in Iraq.

A military statement said the soldier from the Multi-National Division – South died on Sunday.

No further details were immediately available.

The soldier’s name is being withheld until family members can be notified.

Bomb blasts leave 7 dead, 52 injured

GAUHATI, India – Suspected militants set off two bombs outside a police station in India’s restive northeast on Sunday, killing seven people and wounding more than 50, police said.

Five people died instantly after two blasts went off within minutes of each other outside the station in Nalbari town near the Assam state capital, Gauhati, a local police official said. Two people died later in a hospital, he said.

At least 52 people were wounded in the two blasts, said Bhaskar Mahanta, Assam’s inspector general of police.

Mahanta said authorities suspect the militant separatist group United Liberation Front of Asom is behind the blasts. No group claimed responsibility.

Police say IRA planted car bomb

DUBLIN – Irish Republican Army dissidents left a 400-pound car bomb outside police reform headquarters in Belfast but the homemade device failed to detonate, Northern Ireland’s police commander said Sunday.

As politicians warned of a rising threat from IRA diehards, four other suspected IRA dissidents were arrested Sunday following a gun attack on police.

The explosives-laden car caught on fire but didn’t explode and caused no damage to the Policing Board building, where a cross-community panel oversees police operations.

Brits check safety of 1,800 bridges

LONDON – Police and army experts said they’re urgently checking the safety of about 1,800 bridges in northern England amid some of the worst storms ever recorded in Britain.

Heavy rainfall has ravaged England’s popular Lake District, with more than 1,000 homes flooded and several river crossings destroyed. Police said Sunday that concerns over the safety of bridges have crippled the region’s road network.

Britain’s Met Office said a record 12.3 inches of rain had fallen near Cockermouth in 24 hours.


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