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CYPRUS: Blast kills 12 at naval base

A huge explosion tore through a Cypriot National Guard naval base, killing at least 12 people. As rescue crews scoured the area Monday for more victims, the dead were transported to hospitals in Larnaca and the capital, Nicosia. Later a government spokesman said Defense Minister Costas Papacostas and the National Guard chief, Petros Tsalikides, had resigned over the blast, which injured more than 60. The explosion at the National Guard's Evangelos Florakis Naval Base on the southern coast occurred when a brush fire set off containers of gunpowder that had been confiscated from a ship two years ago. Investigators had ruled out sabotage.

EGYPT: Gas pipeline to Israel bombed

Four masked gunmen blew up a terminal of the Egyptian natural gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan in a predawn attack Tuesday, security officials said. The terminal is in the city of El-Arish in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, about 30 miles west of the Israeli border. The attackers ordered the guards on duty to leave and then blew up the terminal. There were no casualties. It was the second attack on the pipeline in as many weeks and the fourth since an 18-day up- rising toppled President Hosni Mubarak's regime on Feb. 11.

BANGLADESH: Truck crash kills 44 boys

A cargo truck packed with schoolboys returning home from a soccer match crashed into a canal in the southeast Monday, killing 44 passengers, police said. The driver fled and was being sought for arrest. The truck had been hired to take the students home after they watched the tournament, police official Iftekhar Hasan said. The boys were "singing and dancing on board the truck," he said. He said 60 people, mostly children between ages 8 and 12, were on the vehicle that crashed. One report said the driver was talking on his phone and lost control while trying to give room for a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. It occurred in Chittagong district, 136 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka.

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