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INTERNATIONAL: Feds bust two travelers with 23 pounds of cocaine strapped to their legs at JFK

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NY DAILY NEWS – These leggings will really give you a runner’s high. Federal agents nabbed two international travelers coming into Kennedy Airport with 23 pounds of cocaine strapped to their legs, officials said Wednesday. Ariel Garcia, 22, and Elvin Montila-Sosa, 41, were traveling separately from the Dominican Republic when they landed on April 19, officials said. Federal Customs officers ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Violent Facebook Live suicide is latest in disturbing trend

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NY POST – An Alabama man livestreamed his suicide on Facebook in what has become a disturbing trend. James M. Jeffrey, 49, shot himself in the head Tuesday during the Facebook Live video, prompting horrified viewers to report the suicide to 911. The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office had already been contacted by Jeffrey’s ex-girlfriend, who said she was concerned he might harm himself ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Russian navy ship crashes into vessel carrying livestock in Black Sea

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – A Russian naval reconnaissance ship has sunk after it crashed into a freighter carrying livestock in the Black Sea, near Turkey. Russia’s defence ministry said the Liman was holed as a result of the collision that happened on Thursday about 40km (25 miles) northwest of the Bosphorus Strait, in foggy conditions. The ministry statement, carried by Russian news agencies, said none of ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Whitney Houston documentary alleges singer was bisexual

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NY DAILY NEWS – Speculation about Whitney Houston’s sexuality is revisited in a new documentary about the legendary singer. “Whitney: Can I Be Me,” which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday night, called into question Houston’s relationship with her best friend and assistant Robyn Crawford. “I don’t think she was gay, I think she was bisexual,” stylist Ellin Lavar said in ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Caitlyn Jenner considering US political run

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Caitlyn Jenner might be weighing a run for office. The reality TV star teased a political run during an event Tuesday called “Imagining Men & Women: Caitlyn Jenner on Transgender Identity and Courage.” Jenner, who came out as transgender in April 2015 on the cover of Vanity Fair, voted for President Trump in the general ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Paris police revive woman declared dead for an hour by paramedics

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BBC – A French mother has been brought back to life by police officers, who performed CPR an hour after paramedics declared her dead. The unnamed woman, a long-time anorexia sufferer, was found collapsed by her 18-year-old daughter after an apparent heart-attack. Paramedics rushed to her home in Paris’s 13th arrondissement but were unable to revive the 49-year-old. But police ...

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Disaster Management workshop to be held

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PRESS RELEASE – A public and private sector workshop that focuses on Disaster Management will get underway in St Lucia on Thursday morning May 4th and is being organized under the theme “Building Community Resiliency through Strategic Private Public Partnerships” The workshop, is scheduled to be held at the Financial Administrative office, and is being hosted by Tropical Shipping in ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Couple married 69 years dies minutes apart, holding hands

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NY POST – An Illinois couple showed how deep their love for each other was to the very end, dying minutes apart Saturday while holding hands. Isaac and Teresa Vatkin, who were married for 69 years, died “peacefully” beside each other at Highland Park Hospital in Illinois, according to their obituary. As it became clear their time together was nearing ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Chechnya wants to eliminate gay community by end of May, reports suggest

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INDEPENDENT (UK) – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov plans to “eliminate” the country’s gay community by the start of Ramadan, a British foreign minister has claimed. Reports from Chechnya allege that more than 100 men have been rounded up and detained in secret prisons by authorities on suspicion of being gay in recent weeks, with many beaten and tortured. At least ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Wild boars maul ISIL fighters to death in Iraq

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TELEGRAPH (UK) – Wild boars mauled three Islamic State (Isil) fighters to death near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according to Kurdish fighters. The jihadists’ bodies were found badly mangled by refugees fleeing through farmland as they tried to get away from Isil territory in al-Rashad, southwest of the city. Isil fighters responded to the deaths by going on a ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Mexico eliminates leading cause of blindness

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PRESS RELEASE – Trachoma has been eliminated as a public health problem in Mexico, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. Mexico becomes the first country in the Americas and the third in the world after Oman and Morocco to receive validation from WHO for having eliminated this disease. Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. It is ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Two die in Venezuela protests

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JAMAICA OBSERVER – Two people were killed in Venezuela on Monday in renewed violence, raising the death toll in three weeks of massive demonstrations against leftwing President Nicolas Maduro to 23, officials said. Several others were seriously injured and “between life and death,” said public defender Tarek William Saab. The latest casualties come on a day anti-Maduro demonstrators blocked major ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Mother swipes more than $13 million from daughter’s inheritance

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NEW YORK POST – Mommy, where’s my inheritance? A Long Island woman pocketed more than $13 million by selling off her daughter’s birthright, including seven Gramercy Park co-ops and a Brooklyn apartment building, the daughter charges in court papers. The daughter, Elizabeth Marcus, has tried for years to loosen mom Geraldine Lettieri’s grip on a trust fund established for Marcus by ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Titanic survivor’s coat sells for £150,000

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BBC – A fur coat worn by a stewardess when the Titanic sank has been sold at auction for £150,000, almost double its original valuation of £80,000. Mabel Bennett grabbed the garment for protection from the elements, as she was wearing a nightdress when lifeboat crews arrived on the doomed ship. It has been on display in the US after ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Zimbabwe schools accept goats for tuition fees

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BBC – Parents in Zimbabwe who cannot afford school fees can offer livestock such as goats or sheep as payment, a government minister has said. The country’s education minister Lazarus Dokora told the pro-government Sunday Mail newspaper that schools will have to show flexibility when it comes to demanding tuition fees from parents, and that they should accept not only ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Russia court outlaws Jehovah’s Witnesses as ‘extremist’ organisation

Russia's justice ministry argues that Jehovah's Witnesses pamphlets incite hatred.

BBC – Russia’s Supreme Court has accepted the government’s request to designate Jehovah’s Witnesses as an outlawed religious group, deeming it to be an extremist organisation. The justice ministry argued that the group had distributed pamphlets which incited hatred against other groups. Lawyers representing the group reject the claims and say they will appeal. The denomination says it has 175,000 ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Bill O’Reilly loses job over harassment claims

More than 50 sponsors have withdrawn ads from Mr O'Reilly's show.

BBC – Presenter Bill O’Reilly has been dropped from Fox News over sexual harassment claims, the company said in a one-sentence statement on Wednesday. “After a thorough and careful review of the allegations…Bill O’Reilly will not be returning” the network said. Mr O’Reilly has been on holiday since 12 April, and was photographed shaking hands with Pope Francis at the ...

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CARIBBEAN: Eldest child of world’s oldest person dies at 97

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JAMAICA OBSERVER — Ninety-seven-year-old Harold Fairweather, the eldest child of the world’s oldest citizen, supercentenarian, Violet Mosse Brown, passed away quietly at his home here a short while ago. Fairweather, according to a close family member, was hypertensive and died about an hour ago following a short illness. His mother, Mosse Brown, affectionately called Aunt V, was born on March 10, ...

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INTERNATIONAL: UK snap election approved by MP’s

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BBC – A UK general election will be held on 8 June after MPs backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap poll. The House of Commons backed the PM by a margin of 522 votes to 13, above the two-thirds majority needed, as Labour and the Lib Dems supported the move. The PM has argued a fresh mandate ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US gunman kills three ‘in race attack’

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BBC – Three white men were killed and another wounded when a black gunman opened fire in Fresno, California, in a suspected race attack, police have said. Kori Ali Muhammad shot 16 rounds in 90 seconds in the shooting spree on Tuesday, said Police Chief Jerry Dyer. He shouted “God is great” in Arabic as police arrested him but this ...

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INTERNATIONAL: UK Prime Minister to seek general election on June 8

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BBC – UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to call a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum. Explaining the decision, Mrs May said: “The country is coming together but Westminster is not.” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party wanted the election, calling it a ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Daughter of man slain in Facebook video wanted killer to die ‘hailed with 100 bullets’

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Daughter of Cleveland man slain in Facebook video wanted Steve Stephens to die ‘hailed with 100 bullets’ A daughter of the Cleveland man killed in a video posted to Facebook wanted gunman Steve Stephens to die “in a hail of 100 bullets” — while other relatives hoped the crazed shooter would have faced justice. Stephens ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Zimbabwe to allow goats, cows and sheep as bank collateral

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THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – Zimbabwe’s bank managers, already strapped for cash for their customers may soon have to worry about where to put cattle if a new law comes into operation which would allow people to use their livestock as collateral. Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told parliament this week that people in the huge informal sector should be able to ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Cleveland cops hunt for man who broadcast fatal shooting on Facebook Live

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NY DAILY NEWS – A gunman accused of fatally shooting an elderly man in Ohio broadcasted the homicide on Facebook Live on Easter Sunday, police said. The horrific shooting occurred at 635 E. 93rd St., according to the Cleveland Police Department. The suspect identified as Steve Stephens is believed to be armed and dangerous, police said. The suspect also claims to ...

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INTERNATIONAL: North Korea missile launch fails, says South Korea

The failed launch comes a day after North Korea paraded dozens of missiles in Pyongyang.

BBC – North Korea has attempted to launch a missile on its east coast which is believed to have failed, South Korea’s military says. It comes a day after the state warned the US that it was “ready to hit back with nuclear attacks” amid mounting tension in the region. On Saturday, a military parade was held in Pyongyang as ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Syria chemical attack ‘fabricated’ – Assad

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BBC – Syria’s President Bashar-al Assad says reports of a chemical attack by his forces were “100% fabrication”. In an exclusive video interview with AFP news agency, he said “there was no order to make any attack”. More than 80 people were killed in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April, and hundreds suffered symptoms consistent with a ...

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INTERNATIONAL: United Airlines boss sorry for ‘horrific’ passenger removal

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BBC – The CEO of United Airlines has apologised for the “truly horrific” removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight. Oscar Munoz said he “continues to be disturbed” by the incident, during which a passenger was forcibly dragged, screaming, off a plane. He said the company would “fix what’s broken so it never happens again”. United’s parent company’s share price ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman charged with raping taxi driver

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NEW YORK POST – An Ohio woman accused of raping and robbing a male taxi driver was arrested while two accomplices remain at large. Brittany Carter, 23, was charged this month with first-degree rape and aggravated robbery for a Jan. 28 incident in Findlay, Ohio, according to the News-Messenger. Police said Carter got into a taxi around 4:24 a.m. with ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Nobody wants to go to America anymore

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THE SUN – Foreigners could bag themselves a bargain holiday in the US this year, thanks to Donald Trump. American hotels and airlines are slashing their prices to attract customers, after tourism slumped following the reality star’s inauguration as president in January, according to the head of Expedia. Dara Khosrowshahi, chief executive of the online travel company, has warned that holidaymakers ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US ‘Luv Guv’ quits over relationship with aide

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley mistakenly sent his wife a text message that was intended for his alleged lover.

BBC – Alabama’s governor has quit over his relationship with an aide in one of the state’s biggest political scandals. Robert Bentley, a two-term Republican, stepped down as lawmakers began impeachment proceedings against him. The tawdry saga has seen his suggestive text and phone messages with a former adviser splashed across media. The state ethics commission last week found reason ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US missiles ‘took out 20% of Syrian aircraft’

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BBC – A US air strike in response to a suspected chemical attack damaged or destroyed 20% of Syria’s operational aircraft, the US has said. Defence Secretary James Mattis said Syria would be “ill-advised ever again to use chemical weapons”. Syria has denied a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun last week that left 89 people dead. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Scientists figured out how to make seawater drinkable

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NY POST – UK scientists have created a sieve capable of making seawater drinkable. Boffins made the breakthrough by controlling the size of pores in a membrane made from wonder material graphene. It allowed them to filter out salt from water, making it safe to drink. They hope it could help millions of people who don’t have access to clean ...

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INTERNATIONAL: ‘Sons of Guns’ reality TV star convicted of raping two girls, faces life in prison

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Former “Sons of Guns” reality TV star Will Hayden was convicted Friday of raping two girls in Louisiana. He faces a sentence of life in prison. The Advocate reports that Hayden’s victims, a 15-year-old girl and a 37-year-old woman, cried and hugged in a Baton Rouge courtroom as the jury’s unanimous verdicts were announced. Hayden ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US pastor accused of forcing 14-y-o girl to have sex in his office

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NBC – NBC 24 has just learned the FBI has arrested two people including a pastor for sex trafficking of children. Court documents released Friday night detail several years-worth of alleged sexual encounters between a then 14-year-old girl and Anthony Haynes and Pastor Cordell Jenkins. Jenkins is listed as the founder and pastor of Abundant Life Ministries in Toledo according ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Nearly half of US adults infected with genital HPV

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NY POST – Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. About 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 59 had some form of genital human papillomavirus, according to a report released Thursday that’s the most complete look at how common HPV is among adults. More ...

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INTERNATIONAL: US military attacks Syria

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TIMES – The inertia of institutional Washington tends to stretch out major decisions for days, weeks, even years. Yet in the span of 48 hours, the Trump Administration shrugged off those constraints, reversing its foreign policy and launching a fusillade of missiles at the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for once again turning chemical weapons on his own people. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Uruguay to start selling marijuana in pharmacies

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JAMAICA OBSERVER – Uruguay will become the world’s first country to allow recreational marijuana to be sold in pharmacies starting in July, the president’s office said Thursday. The move is the last step in implementing a revolutionary law that the South American country adopted in 2013 that fully legalized the production, sale and consumption of marijuana. The most innovative — ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Russia court considers Jehovah’s Witnesses ban

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BBC – Russia’s Supreme Court has begun hearing a government request to outlaw the Jehovah’s Witnesses and declare it an extremist organisation. The justice ministry has already placed its headquarters near St Petersburg on a list of extremist groups. An estimated eight million people worldwide are part of the Christian-based movement, best known for going door to door looking for ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Boss lets maid fall 7 stories, films the whole thing

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NY POST – A terrified maid pleaded for help as she dangled from a seven-story building, but her employer just filmed as she lost her grip and plummeted down, the shocking footage shows. The Ethiopian worker, who survived the fall with just a broken arm, claims she was fleeing someone trying to kill her inside the apartment in Kuwait. “The ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Shoe retailer Payless files for U.S. bankruptcy, to close 400 stores

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REUTERS – Discount footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource said it had filed for Chapter 11 protection on Tuesday with a plan to restructure debt and immediately close 400 underperforming stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Privately owned Payless Inc [WBPSSC.UL] joins a long list of U.S. brick-and-mortar retailers to fall victim to declining mall traffic in the midst of ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Trump will allow immigrants to obtain citizenship through military service

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FOX NEWS – A Defense Department official says that the U.S. military will continue to welcome noncitizen recruits and that the Trump administration also will continue a long-standing policy that allows members of the military and their families a pathway to citizenship for their service. “Today’s service members are eligible for expedited citizenship under a July 2002 executive order and ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Deadly explosion rips apart Russian subway station

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NY POST – At least 10 people were killed and dozens injured Monday after a suspected IED exploded inside the subway system in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, local media reported. Up to 50 people were wounded in the blast, which occurred between the Sennaya Ploshchad and the Tekhnologichesky Institut stations in Russia’s second-largest city, officials said. The suspected ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Crew missing after ship sinks in South Atlantic

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BBC – Rescuers say they have made little headway in finding survivors from a huge South Korean ship that sank in the South Atlantic. Only two sailors have been rescued from Stellar Daisy, which is believed to have broke apart on Friday. Search efforts since then have only turned up fuel, debris, and empty lifeboats, South Korean government sources told ...

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