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JIANLI---The banged-up, white-and-blue
Eastern Star emerged from gray waters of
the Yangtze River yesterday as Chinese
disaster teams raised the capsized ship
with cranes to better search for nearly 340
people still missing. So far, 103 bodies have
The focus shifted from finding survivors
to retrieving bodies trapped since the river
cruise ship capsized suddenly during a storm
Monday night on the trip from Nanjing to
Authorities have attributed the accident
to weather, but also have placed the surviving
captain and first engineer under police cus-
tody. Passengers relatives have raised ques-
tions about whether the ship should have
continued its cruise after the storm started
and despite a weather warning earlier in
In a sign of potential unrest among the
hundreds of relatives who have descended
on the small Hubei province county of Jianli,
one distraught family member burst into a
gathering of journalists to complain about
their treatment and demand an investigation
into possible human error.
Many of the more than 450 people on
the cruise ship were reported to be retirees
taking in the Yangtze s scenic vistas.
With 103 confirmed dead and 339 miss-
ing, the capsizing is likely to become the
country s deadliest boat disaster in seven
The 14 survivors include three who found
air pockets in the overturned boat and were
pulled out by divers on Tuesday after res-
cuers tapped the hull and heard yelling in
Cranes righted the boat yesterday morning
after some 50 divers attached chains to it
overnight, Transportation Ministry
spokesman Xu Chengguang said, adding
that disaster teams would now focus on
finding and identifying bodies. The boat
was gradually lifted out of the river as water
drained from its cabins.
Divers found more bodies through Friday,
bringing the death toll to 103, CCTV report-
India's food safety regulator said tests have
found Nestle India's Maggi instant noodle
products are "unsafe and hazardous."
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of
India accused Nestle of failing to comply with
food safety laws. Nestle withdrew the Maggi
brand from stores, after regulators found higher-
than-allowed levels of lead in some packets. But
the company insists the noodles are safe.
Maggi is the market leader in India, where a
packet costs 12 rupees (12p). Nestle's global chief
executive promised to return Maggi to store
shelves. The noodles have been a market leader
for the past 30 years. Pulling the product from
store shelves could present a massive logistical
They're in every grocery shop---and whether
travelling in the backwaters of Kerala, the deserts
of Rajasthan, or the northern wilds of Ladakh,
you'll find them on the menu at pretty much
every roadside cafe. (AP)
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Tariq Aziz, known as the face of Sad-
dam Hussein s regime on the world
stage for many years, has died in an
Iraqi prison, officials say.
Aziz, 79, served as foreign minister
and deputy prime minister and was a
close adviser to the former leader.
He was sentenced to death by the
Iraqi Supreme Court in 2010 for the
persecution of religious parties under
Saddam s rule but was never executed.
He surrendered to US troops in 2003
shortly after the fall of Baghdad.
Aziz, who was known for his black-
rimmed glasses and love of cigars, first
came to prominence while serving as
foreign minister during the first Gulf
War in 1991. (BBC)
PAKISTAN---The Pakistani police and the
country s public prosecutor said yesterday
that eight out of ten militants charged with
involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage
activist and later Nobel laureate Malala
Yousafzai were actually acquitted in April---
and not sentenced to life in prison as report-
ed at the time.
The stunning announcement, which first
came from Pakistan s deputy police chief,
Azad Khan, offered no explanation as to why
authorities had remained silent for so many
weeks or why they had failed to correct the
In April, public prosecutor Sayed Naeem
said ten militants charged over the attack
were all convicted by an anti-terrorism court
and sentenced to life imprisonment.
At the time, he said the court announced
the ruling at an undisclosed location because
of security concerns.
Yesterday, Naeem said only two of the mil-
itants were imprisoned for life while the
others were acquitted due to lack of evidence.
ENGLAND---Sixty-eight suspected illegal
immigrants, including two pregnant women and
15 children, have been found inside four lorries at
a port in Essex. They were found during routine
Border Force checks at Harwich International Port
Thirty-five from Afghanistan, 22 from China, ten
from Vietnam and one Russian were discovered.
Four Polish lorry drivers have been arrested on
suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.
A Home Office spokesman said the stowaways
were found inside four separate lorries rather
than in one container as initially reported.
The pregnant women were among seven
people taken to Colchester Hospital as a
precaution after they reported abdominal and
chest pains. A spokeswoman for Stena Line, the
operator of the Stena Hollandica ferry which
transported the lorries, said the service left the
Hook of Holland on Thursday. (BB)
WASHINGTON---Although ISIS is known for
using social media for recruitment purposes, US
Air Force intelligence has been using it to track
down Islamic State militants, according to Gen
Hawk Carlisle, commander of Air Combat
"These guys that are working down at Hurlburt
(Florida), they're combing through social media.
And they see some moron standing at this
command and control capability for Da'Esh, ISIL.
These guys go, 'ah we got an in,'" Carlisle said at a
speech in Arlington, Virginia, on Monday.
Twenty-two hours after seeing the post, US
warplanes went in for the kill.
"Long story short...three (Joint Direct Attack
Munition) JDAMs take the entire building out,"
Carlisle said in the speech to the Air Force
"Incredible work when you think about it,"
Carlisle said of the operation. "And it was these
incredible airmen out there doing those kind of
things." ISIS exploits social media to make inroads
in US. The group has published approximately
1,700 pictures, videos and other publications and
have gained at least 200,000 readers on Twitter,
experts told Congress. (CNN)
Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, dies in prison
A rescue team works on lifting the capsized cruise ship Eastern Star in the Jianli section of
Yangtze River, Hubei province, China, yesterday. REUTERS PHOTO
8 in Malala attack
68 immigrants found
in trucks on port
'Moron' gives ISIS location
Passengers wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory
Syndrome (MERS) sit inside a train in Seoul, South Korea, yesterday. South Korean
authorities squabbled yesterday over their handling of an outbreak of Middle East
Respiratory Syndrome, as a fourth person died and five new cases were reported.
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