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Italy cruise wreck salvage: Facts and figures

The operation to raise the wreck of Italy's Costa Concordia cruise ship due to begin on Monday is the biggest salvage project of its kind ever attempted. Here are some facts and figures about the 114,500-ton hulk and how salvage workers are planning to raise it: Ship: The Costa Concordia is 290 metres (951 feet) long -- the equivalent of nearly three football fields. The biggest Italian passenger ship ever built, it was two and a half times as heavy as the Titanic.

Football: Hulk blasts anti-gay, racist fans in Russia

Zenit St Petersburg's big-money signing Brazilian forward Hulk has said he felt safe and secure in Russia, but sharply criticised racist and anti-gay elements among Russian fans. Hulk, signed by Zenit last year for a reported 60 million euros in Russia's biggest ever transfer deal, said he and his young family felt safer in Russia than they did in his homeland of Brazil. "That's one very important thing, which I feel here in Russia and which is seriously lacking at home in Brazil," the 26-year-old international was quoted as saying by R-Sport news agency.
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