News Wrap: Indian Ferry Disaster Kills at Least 100
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HARI SREENIVASAN: More than 100 people were killed today in a ferry disaster in northeastern India. Police said 150 others were rescued or swam to safety. Up to 100 more were missing. The ferry flipped over in heavy rain and high wind on the Brahmaputra River. It was close to the border with Bangladesh at the time. Search-and-rescue teams were being hampered by the weather conditions and the river’s strong current.
In Syria, a pair of suicide car bombings rocked the northwestern city of Idlib. At least nine people were killed and nearly 100 others were wounded. The explosions erupted near a military compound and a hotel. The force of the blasts ripped a front off one building. Mangled vehicles and twisted debris littered the scene. Also today, an Islamist group claimed responsibility for Friday’s suicide blast in Damascus.
Parts of the border between Sudan and South Sudan are now under a state of emergency. The government of Sudan took that step on Sunday. It said the emergency affects three provinces: South Kordofan, White Nile, and Sennar. Police there will have expanded powers of arrest. South Sudan sent troops into part of the border region earlier this month in a dispute over rights to oil wealth.
Wall Street hesitated today over new concerns about recession in Europe and a consumer spending slowdown in the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 14 points to close at 13,213. The Nasdaq fell nearly 23 points to close at 3,046.
The building that’s due to replace the Twin Towers in New York City reached a new high today. Workers erected steel columns on top of the unfinished structure at One World Trade Center. That made it just over 1,250 feet tall, enough to claim the title of New York’s tallest skyscraper. Construction will continue for at least another year.
When it’s finished, the new building, dubbed Freedom Tower, will likely be declared the tallest in the country.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.