Seven killed in Indonesia ferry accident Aug 18, 2019 0 992 12345 AFPKendariSeven people, including two children, were killed and four others missing after a ferry carrying dozens of passengers caught fire off Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Saturday, police said.The ferry, heading from Southeast Sulawesi to an island in Central Sulawesi, caught fire shortly after midnight. “Suddenly there were sparks in the engine and fire quickly spread to other parts of the boat,” local police spokesman Harry Goldenhard said in a statement.Police suspect the fire was triggered when the diesel tank exploded. It was unclear how many people were aboard the vessel at the time.The passenger manifest listed 50 but rescuers and locals recovered 61 survivors while seven people, including two children aged two and four, were found dead.A search has been launched for four passengers reported missing. Marine accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands, where many use ferries and other boats to travel despite poor safety standards.Ferry operators often sell illegal tickets, exceeding the allowed capacity. More than 160 people died when a passenger ferry sank in one of the world’s deepest lakes on Sumatra island last year. In 2009, more than 300 people are estimated to have drowned. RELATED ARTICLES India eases some curbs including fixed line phone use in Kashmir Aug 18, 2019 0 1450 Modi visits Bhutan, ten agreements signed Aug 18, 2019 0 757 HK rally against government under stormy skies Aug 18, 2019 0 681 Acehnese hold mass dance for Indonesian independence day Agencies Banda Aceh More than 2,000 boys dressed in colourful traditional costumes took part in a mass dance in Aceh to celebrate Indonesia’s independence day on Saturday. The 2019 teenagers, one for each year, lined up .. Rescue worker killed in attack on ambulance in northern Myanmar YANGON: One rescue worker was killed and several others were wounded when an ambulance came under fire in northern Myanmar amid clashes between troops and ethnic rebels in the region, an army spokesman and a witness said .. Kim supervised ‘new weapon’ test again: KCNA Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un once again supervised a “new weapon” launch, state media said Saturday, complicating efforts at denuclearisation ahead of next week’s visit to Seoul by the US envoy to Pyongyang. .. Kazakh advocate of Muslim rights in China set free in plea bargain ALMATY: A Kazakh rights activist who campaigned against detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in special camps in China has pleaded guilty to a hate speech charge in exchange for securing his freedom, his lawyer ..