Stampede at train station
An official said the death toll from a stampede during the Kumbh Mela Hindu religious festival in northern India rose to 31. Medical superintendent Dr. P. Padmakar of the main state-run hospital said Monday that at least 30 other pilgrims were injured in the crush at the main rail station in the pilgrim city of Allahabad. Padmakar said 23 of the dead were women. Tens of thousands of people were in the station when a section of a footbridge there collapsed, leading to the stampede late Sunday.
Heavy fighting continues
Opposition forces targeted Damascus with mortars, a roadside bomb and a suicide attack on Sunday as they pressed ahead in their quest for the seat of President Bashar Assad’s power. Outside the capital, government troops battled rebels for the fifth straight day for control of a key highway. Both sides consider the fight for Damascus the most likely endgame in a nearly two-year-old civil war that has already killed more than 60,000 people. Sunday’s fighting was the heaviest in Damascus since July.
‘Argo’ wins award
Iran-hostage drama Argo continued its journey from awards-season outsider to favorite Sunday, winning three prizes, including best picture, at the British Academy Film Awards. Ben Affleck was named best director for the based-on-reality story of a longshot plan to rescue a group of American diplomats from Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the film also took the editing trophy. Daniel Day-Lewis won best-actor trophy for Lincoln. Emmanuelle Riva, 85, was named best actress for Amour, which was named best foreign-language film.
Deaths at cruise ship
A lifeboat being used on a safety drill aboard a cruise ship in Spain’s Canary Islands fell about 65 feet into a port on Sunday when a cable snapped, trapping crew members beneath it and killing five of them, officials said. None of the hundreds of passengers aboard the British-operated Thomson Majesty were involved in the accident, which also injured three crew members, said the Canary Islands port authority.
Compiled from wire reports.