A Cuban airliner carrying foreign and Cuban tourists crashed near the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba Wednesday, killing 10 people including four Germans, Cuba's Civil Aviation Institute said. A spokeswoman said five of the 10 dead were Cubans, two of them crew members. The remaining one still had yet to be identified. The other 21 people aboard the plane, including 12 Spanish tourists, survived with varying injuries. The Cubana de Aviacion YAK-40 came down at 1:46 a.m. at Punta Jardinero, an isolated coastal plateau five miles east of Cuba's second city of Santiago de Cuba and nearly 620 miles southeast of Havana. It was making its approach to land at Santiago's Antonio Maceo airport when air traffic controllers lost radar contact.18 die in religious clashes in India
NEW DELHI, India _ At least 18 people were killed and more than 100 wounded Wednesday in fighting between Hindus and Moslems as Hindu revivalists and a right-wing party led a nationwide strike to protest the arrest of the party's president. The detention of the right-wing party politician, Lal Kishen Advani, which came in the middle of his national crusade to build a Hindu temple on a controversial site where a Moslem shrine now stands, has thrown parliamentary leadership into doubt and society into turmoil. With the arrest, Advani's political group, the Bharatiya Janata Party, announced that it was withdrawing its support from the government, thus denying it the parliamentary majority required to stay in power. India's embattled prime minister, V.P. Singh, will be facing a critical vote of confidence on Nov. 7. Singh has challenged the proponents of the temple over their insistence that construction must begin Oct. 30 at the site of what they say is the birthplace of the God Rama.
TIRANA, Albania _ The foreign ministers of the Balkan countries assembled here on Wednesday for the first time since the vast changes that swept Eastern Europe in the last year. The six ministers pledged that their governments would work for neighborly relations and cooperation in a region that experienced four costly wars in the first half of this century and is troubled again by ethnic conflict. Together the ministers also proposed a list of ideas for improving relations among themselves including a permanent Balkan secretariat in Bulgaria, a Balkan chamber of commerce and a Balkan arts festival in Turkey, plus Balkan cooperation on combating drugs and terrorism and a code of conduct for handling ethnic minorities. Some but not all of these proposals are certain to be adopted by the six.
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NEW YORK _ A study has found no extra leukemia deaths among young people living near nuclear plants in France, in contrast to reports from Britain. Scientists studied cancer deaths between 1968 and 1987 among people younger than age 25 who lived near six nuclear power or reprocessing plants. The researchers focused on populations living at distances of less than 3.1 miles, 3.1 to 6.2 miles, 6.2 miles to 8.1 miles, and 8.1 miles to 9.9 miles. The work is reported in today's issue of the British journal Nature by researchers at the Gustave Roussy Institute in Villejuif, France.
BEIJING _ Premier Li Peng promised there would be "drastic reforms" in China over the next 10 years, according to businessmen attending a conference organized by the World Economic Forum, a private Swiss-based foundation.
WASHINGTON _ The United States said it mediated secret talks at the State Department between the government of Ethiopia and Eritrean guerrillas.