World Briefs: Death toll from Mexican plant blast climbs to 24

Death toll from Mexican plant blast climbs to 24

COATZACOALCOS (Mexico) • The death toll from an explosion at a petrochemical plant climbed to 24 after the authorities were able to enter the facility, state-run oil giant Pemex said.

"We have confirmed 24 deaths," up from the previous toll of 13 from Wednesday's blast, chief executive Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya told a news conference, adding that the number of missing dropped from 18 to eight.


Maelbeek metro station in Brussels to reopen

BRUSSELS • Brussels' Maelbeek metro station, which was hit by one of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) suicide bombings a month ago that killed 32 people, will reopen on Monday, transport officials said.

Maelbeek will resume service from 6am until 10pm, like the rest of the network.


Cubans allowed to enter and leave on cruise ships

HAVANA • Cuba yesterday said it would lift a ban on Cubans and Cuban-Americans entering and leaving the Caribbean island by commercial vessels, opening the way for cruise operator Carnival to set sail for Cuba next week.

A statement carried by state-run media said that as of Tuesday, Cuban citizens would be authorised "independently of their migratory status to enter and leave as passengers and crews of cruise ships".


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2016, with the headline 'World Briefs: Death toll from Mexican plant blast climbs to 24'. Subscribe