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5 dead when South Korean fishing boat sinks in Antarctic waters

Five people died and 20 were rescued when a South Korean fishing trawler sank in Antarctic waters Monday, CNN reported.
The rest of the 42-man crew remains missing in the Southern Ocean, the BBC said.
The search for survivors was time-sensitive, Maritime New Zealand spokesman Ross Henderson said. The water temperatures in the area are 2 degrees Celsius, or 35.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which likely limits survival to about 10 minutes before hypothermia sets in, CNN said.
The No. 1 Insung, a 58-meter (190-foot) fishing trawler, sank about 1150 miles north of McMurdo, a U.S. research center on the top of Ross Island. It was a remote area, CNN said.
The crew consisted of eight South Koreans, eight Chinese, 11 Indonesians, three Filipinos, and one Russian. A nearby fishing boat saved the 20 crew members, the BBC said.
The ocean was relatively calm, with one meter (about three feet) high swells and a light wind, Henderson said.
He said there was no emergency radio call before the incident, and it is still not clear what happened, CNN reported.

German tourist killed by shark in Egypt

An elderly German woman died after she was attacked by shark while snorkeling at an Egyptian resort Sunday. It was the third shark attack in a week at the popular Red Sea resort, the Agence France-Presse reported.
The tourist died immediately after an oceanic white tip shark bit her arm off while she was swimming at the resort in Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular diving and vacation resort, The Press Association said.
Tourism Minister Zuhair Garana said all the resort's beaches had been closed to swimmers, except for Ras Mohammed, a nature preserve south of the city. He said he had no explanation of the attacks, the AFP said.
Authorities ordered people to stay out of the water around Sharm el-Shikh after the attacks. The resort is popular with British tourists, The Press Association said.
Government conservation experts said they captured an oceanic white tip shark and a mako, believed to be responsible for attacks in the area. There was inconsistency between witnesses as to whether the captured sharks looked like the ones in the attacks, the AFP reported.

Gunmen kill young Iraqi journalist

Gunmen shot and killed a young Iraqi news reporter in front of his family Sunday, police said.
Mazen Marden, who was in his mid-20's, covered hard news and conducted interviews for Al-Mosuliyah satellite television channel, the Agence France-Presse said. He was killed at his home in east Mosul, police said.
Gunmen in civilian clothes arrived at Marsden's home around 6 p.m. and identified themselves to his father as intelligence officers. When Marsden left his house to talk to them, they shot him, CNN reported.
CNN said his family was watching when he was killed.
Reporters Without Borders said in September over 230 journalists and media workers have been killed in Iraq since 2003, CNN reported.
They ranked Iraq 145th for media freedom out of 175 countries, the AFP said.
The International Press Institute said more journalists have been killed in Iraq this year than in all of 2009, the AFP reported.

Seven people killed in Mexican resort explosion

Seven people were killed Sunday in a suspected natural gas explosion at a Mexican resort, officials reported.
Five Canadian tourists and two Mexican staff members were killed in the blast at the Grand Riviera Princess hotel in Playa del Carmen that also injured 17 other people, Agence France-Presse said.
One of the Canadians killed was a minor, CNN reported.
The 17 injured included seven Canadians, two in serious condition, two Americans, and eight Mexican hotel workers, Quintana Roo state attorney general Francisco Alor Quezada said, AFP reported.
The explosion occurred in the hotel lobby around 9 a.m. A buildup of natural gas under the building was likely the cause, although the attorney general's office said the official cause is still under investigation, CNN reported.
A 120-square-meter pocket of decomposing organic waste was thought to have caused the gas buildup, AFP said.
Quezada said the explosion was not a premeditated attack, AFP reported.

Indonesia volcano eruptions continue, death toll now 156

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano continued to discharge hot gas and Sunday, as officials reported the death toll at least 156.
At least two large pyroclastic flows were seen on the southern side of Merapi Sunday afternoon. A pyroclastic flow is a fast-moving burst of extremely hot gas and rock fragments and can be deadly, CNN said.
Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency expanded the volcano's danger zone to 12 miles when villages thought safe were hit by Friday's deadly explosion, United Press International said.
A spokeswoman for Sardjito Hospital in Yogyakarta said some of the victims lived 10 to 20 kilometers, or about 6.2 to 12.4 miles, away from the volcano, CNN reported.
Relief agencies estimate 200,000 people have been displaced, UPI reported.
Gas and dust in the sky has forced flight cancellations in and out of Yogyakarta, where explosions were heard from over 12 miles away, CNN said.

32 wounded in Istanbul suicide attack

A suicide bomber wounded 32 in a morning attack on a busy city square in Istanbul Sunday.
The injured included 15 police officers and 17 civilians, CNN reported. Two people suffered life-threatening injuries in the 10:30 a.m. attack in Taksim square, which apparently targeted a law enforcement substation at the square's north end, the Los Angeles Times said.
The male attacker was trying to get into a parked police bus when his explosives detonated, Istanbul Police Chief Huseyin Capkin said. He said at least one other bomb was found in the square, the LA Times reported.
Pedestrian and vehicular traffic to the plaza was stopped following the incident, the LA Times said.
The LA Times said the attack bore the trademarks of Al-Qaeda.
CNN reported analysts familiar with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or the PKK, told CNN Turk it is likely PKK is behind the attack.

14 dead in Mexico party attack

Fourteen people were killed in a massacre early Saturday morning at a party in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the Agence France-Presse said.
Nineteen other people were injured, and many are still fighting for their lives in intensive care units, the AFP reported. Several high school students and at least four women were killed in the attack. Identified victims were 13 to 32 years old, the El Paso Times said.
Several vans of hooded men in dark uniforms indiscriminately opened fire on the partygoers, a police official said. The men arrived in several vans and stormed neighboring houses, the El Paso Times reported.
Witnesses said the gunmen screamed insults and fired on the party for five minutes. The attack occurred around 1:40 a.m. in the east Juarez Horizontes del Sur neighborhood, the AFP reported.
The party may have been for a boy from El Paso who was celebrating his birthday, witnesses said.

26 dead in China mine explosion

Rescue officials announced 26 are now dead following a coal mine gas explosion in central China, United Press International said.
Five bodies found Sunday morning brought the death toll to 26. 11 miners remain trapped, but, Du Bo, deputy chief of the rescue headquarters, called their survival chances "frail," CNN reported.
The explosion occurred because of a gas leak about 6 a.m. Saturday morning. 239 of the 276 miners working underground escaped, CNN said.
The remaining miners could be buried in coal dust, decreasing chances of finding them alive, Du said. Over 2,500 tons of coal filled the shaft when the explosion occurred, UPI reported.
23 miners were killed at the same mine in an explosion in August 2008, CNN said.

UK classifies Druidry as a religion

Druidry has been formally classified under charity law as a religion for the first time in Britain.
Druids are now eligible for tax exemptions on donations, and have the same status as mainstream religions, the Associated Press said. It is the first pagan practice recognized as a religion.
The druids' worship of natural spirits was deemed religious activity by England's Charity Commission after the Druid Network applied for charitable status in order to legally receive funds, the BBC reported.
The classification also gives the practice validity, said Phil Ryder, the chairman of the 350-member Druid Network, the Associated Press reported.
A 2003 BBC Inside Out investigation suggested up to 10,000 people in England consider themselves druids, the BBC said.

Israeli building freeze ends Sunday

Jewish settlers ended a 10-month building moratorium Sunday as they broke ground for new homes in the West Bank.
Balloons were released in celebration and symbolic ceremonies took place as Israelis resumed planning and work on homes, Reuters said.
The end of building restrictions threatens to severely impede peace talks in the Middle East. President Obama has publicly called for an extension of the restrictions, the Associated Press said.
"Israel must choose between peace and the continuation of settlements," Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said, the Associated Press reported.
Netanyahu implemented the partial building freeze last year due to U.S. pressure, Reuters said.

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