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Van carrying Amish crashes; 5 dead

INDIANAPOLIS — A van carrying Amish on an interstate highway veered out of control, overturned and ejected most of its passengers Sunday, killing five people and injuring 11, authorities said.

Two adults and three children were killed when the southbound van veered onto the grassy median, flipped over and came to rest in the northbound lanes of the highway about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis, State Police Sgt. Rod Russell said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, he said.

World Bank says growth still strong

WASHINGTON — The World Bank said Sunday the impact of recent turbulence in financial markets on developing countries has been limited and global economic growth remains strong.

The bank also called on donor governments to meet their commitments to boost aid for development and said countries with fast-growing economies and mounting currency reserves could bring new resources to this effort.

The bank’s policy-setting Development Committee said its members “agreed that strengthened support for the inclusion and empowerment of the poorest in development, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, and for engagement by the bank group in fragile and conflict-afflicted states must be key elements in the strategic framework.

Poland elects party that wants out of Iraq

WARSAW, Poland — A pro-business opposition party that wants Poland’s troops out of Iraq ousted Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s government in parliamentary elections Sunday, as Poles opted for leadership offering a more cooperative approach to the European Union.

Donald Tusk’s Civic Platform party led with 41.1 percent of the vote after 11 percent of the ballots were counted early Monday, and exit polls for TVN24 private television showed the party winning 226 seats in the 460-seat Sejm lower house.

That was short of the 231 needed for a majority — but close enough for it to join with a smaller party to form a government.

Nationalists ride anti-immigrant wave

GENEVA — A nationalist party rode an anti-immigrant wave Sunday to the best showing of any party in parliamentary elections since World War I, while the Greens made gains by appealing to environmental concerns, according to partial results and projections.

In one of the most bitter political campaigns in memory in this usually tolerant Alpine nation, the Swiss People’s Party called for a law to throw out entire immigrant families if a child violates national laws.

The party gained seven parliamentary seats in the 200-seat lower house of parliament, while the Green party added five, according to projections from widely respected experts for the state-owned SRG television and radio networks, which base forecasts on voting returns.

Results were in from all but one canton, or state.

The Associated Press

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