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115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap

A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped from her school by Islamist gunmen were now safe, as the parents of those taken voiced anger over the conflicting claims. The defence ministry and the government in Borno state, where the attack took place, have said that 129 girls were abducted by Boko Haram militants from a secondary school in the Chibok area late Monday.

Turkey may clinch bid to dismantle Italy shipwreck

Turkey may clinch a bid to dismantle the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner, Italy's civil protection agency said Thursday, with a decision to be taken in May. Italian ports are fighting off competition from ports in Britain, France, Norway and Turkey for the contract to scrap the carcass of the vast Concordia, which sank off Italy in 2012, leaving 32 people dead. While Norway would be the cheapest option, Italy has ruled it out because of the distance the crippled ship would have to travel amid fears of possible environmental damage en route.

Nearly 300 still missing in ferry disaster

JINDO/SEOUL, South Korea, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Military divers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people believed to be still trapped inside a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast a day earlier. Navy and Coast Guard divers tried to enter the capsized ship more than 10 times, hoping for a response from 286 people, mostly high school students, but were hampered by poor underwater visibility and strong currents. Diving operations were suspended altogether at around 1 p.m. due to bad weather, officials said.

Nearly 300 still missing in ferry disaster

JINDO/SEOUL, South Korea, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Military divers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people believed to be still trapped inside a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast a day earlier. Navy and Coast Guard divers tried to enter the capsized ship more than 10 times, hoping for a response from 286 people, mostly high school students, but were hampered by poor underwater visibility and strong currents. Diving operations were suspended altogether at around 1 p.m. due to bad weather, officials said.

Nigeria parents demand answers after military says hostages freed

Anxious Nigerian parents demanded answers on Thursday about the fate of their daughters after the military claimed that 121 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamic extremists were now free. Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade had initially said that 129 girls were abducted by gunmen in the Chibok area of the northeastern Borno state late Monday. The mass kidnap -- which has sparked global outrage -- came just hours after the deadliest attack ever in the capital Abuja, where a bomb blast also blamed on Boko Haram killed at least 75 people.

Nearly 300 still missing in ferry disaster

JINDO/SEOUL, South Korea, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Military divers fought rising winds and waves on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people believed to be still trapped inside a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast a day earlier. Navy and Coast Guard divers tried to enter the capsized ship more than 10 times, hoping for a response from 284 people, mostly high school students, but were hampered by poor underwater visibility and strong currents. Diving operations were suspended altogether around 1 p.m. due to bad weather, officials said.

Casualty numbers used as a weapon in Ukraine crisis

By Alissa de Carbonnel and Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW/KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Around 6:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Vladimir Maximovich heard the news that was ricocheting around Russian media and online: at least four pro-Russian activists had been killed and others wounded by Ukrainian troops at an airfield near the Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. As the head of the emergency unit at the city's public hospital, he got ready to receive the injured and treat them. They never showed up.

Turkey may clinch bid to dismantle Italy shipwreck

Turkey may clinch a bid to dismantle the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, Italy's civil protection agency said Thursday, adding that the decision on which port will be used will be taken in May. Italian ports are fighting off competition from ports in Britain, France, Norway and Turkey for the contract to scrap the carcass of the vast Concordia, which sank off Italy in 2012, leaving 32 people dead.

Turkey may clinch bid to dismantle Italy shipwreck

Turkey may clinch a bid to dismantle the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise ship, Italy's civil protection agency said Thursday, adding that the decision on which port will be used will be taken in May. Italian ports are fighting off competition from ports in Britain, France, Norway and Turkey for the contract to scrap the carcass of the vast Concordia, which sank off Italy in 2012, leaving 32 people dead.

'Shouldn't we move?' Ferry evacuation under scrutiny

National shock at a ferry disaster that may have killed hundreds of South Korean schoolchildren was mixed with fury Thursday over growing evidence that many passengers were denied a proper chance to escape. Multiple survivor testimony highlighted the fact that passengers were repeatedly told to stay in their seats or cabins when the ferry first ran into trouble on Wednesday morning. Those who obeyed found their possible escape route severely compromised after the vessel suddenly listed sharply to the port side, triggering total panic.
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