Capsized ship highlights dangers of Yangtze cruises

The challenges facing passenger ships in China’s waterways are economic, brought about by cutthroat competition in the industry.

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China escalates effort to recover missing from capsized ship

JIANLI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities deployed scores more divers and a large crane as they escalated efforts Wednesday to recover more than 410 people believed to be trapped inside an overturned river cruise ship. The capsizing late Monday of the multi-decked Eastern Star in the Yangtze River is on track to become the country's...

Capsized Yangtze ship cited over safety problems 2 years ago

Eastern Star, the cruise ship that capsized in the Yangtze river with more than 450 people aboard, was cited for safety violations two years ago, records from a Chinese maritime agency show. Authorities in Nanjing, where the Eastern Star began its unfortunate voyage, held the ship and five other Yangtze cruise vessels after it found...

Amnesty slams Nigeria army for abuses in Boko Haram battle

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian military abuses have caused the deaths of some 8,000 civilians in the fight against Boko Haram extremists, Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday. The London-based human rights group named senior officers it wanted tried for alleged war crimes and called on Nigeria's newly-elected government, led by former military...

US official: Airstrikes killed 10,000 Islamic State fighters

BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S. official said Wednesday that more than 10,000 Islamic State fighters have been killed by American-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria in nine months, offering a body count for a campaign that has yet to blunt their advance. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken's figure came after a Paris conference on...

Ukraine battle tests cease-fire to breaking point

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A major battle erupted Wednesday on the western edge of the main separatist rebel stronghold in eastern Ukraine, leaving more than a dozen dead and threatening to tip the country back into full-blown war. Rebels in the city of Donetsk reported 15 dead between civilians and combatants in territory under their...

Afghan anti-corruption body assails nepotism in government

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An independent Afghan anti-corruption body warned Wednesday that nepotism plays a critical role in getting a job as a diplomat in the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry. The report by the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee also alleged favoritism and patronage often prevail over merit and ability in diplomatic appointments....

Rohingya expert: Dozens of corpses wash to shore in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Dozens of corpses have washed to shore in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in the last month, an advocacy group and villagers said Wednesday. Some were believed to be Rohingya Muslims trying to escape trafficking ships, while others were Bangladeshi. Ye Htut, the presidential spokesman, and other officials were in meetings...

Airbus says 3 of 4 engines failed on crashed A400M

PARIS (AP) — Airbus said Wednesday that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people. In a statement, Airbus Defense and Space says the faulty engines were confirmed by Spanish accident investigators after completing their preliminary analysis of the aircraft's digital...

2 found guilty of placing bombs on Canada Day 2013

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A jury found a Canadian couple guilty Tuesday of plotting to set off pressure-cooker bombs outside British Columbia's provincial legislature two years ago on Canada Day, when thousands of people were expected to be there. The jury in Vancouver began deliberating on Sunday morning and returned their verdict late Tuesday...

Egypt arrests 2 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, amid divisions

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt arrested two senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders, officials said Tuesday, increasing pressure on the Islamist group at a time when its ranks are divided over whether to pursue a course of direct violent confrontation with the government in response to a nearly 2-year-old heavy crackdown. The arrests came as a judge said...