19 Egyptians die when bus plunges into river in country's south

Eighteen people - 17 passengers and a bus driver - died Monday when their coach plunged into a dugout branch of the Nile River in southern Egypt, the state MENA news agency reported. A pickup driver who had apparently caused the accident near the village of Beni Mzar in Minya province, also died. The accident occurred as the bus driver scrambled to avoid a collision with the speeding pickup trying to overtake him, police chief Mahmoud Noureddin in Minya, 220 kilometers (135 miles) south of Cairo, was quoted as saying. As the bus swerved, the truck driver also lost control and overturned his vehicle.