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Costa Concordia: Filipino waiters and cooks hailed as national heroes
Almost 300 members of the ship’s crew are from the Philippines. They helped passengers evacuate the ship, putting their own lives on the line. Their action has been seen around the country thanks to an amateur video shot during the rescue operation.
Costa Concordia: two South Koreans saved. Hundreds of Asians involved in tragedy
Among them especially Filipino and Indian sailors. An Indian sailor among the missing. Hong Kong Chinese, Turks and Israelis saved. An Israeli couple filmed the incident and dramatic moments of rescue.
Cardinal Vidal: End controversy and accusations over Typhoon Fengshen
It is still unknown what the causes were that led to the sinking of the ship Princess of the Stars: the company that owned it is accusing the weather bureau, while fishermen are asking for compensation for the polluting of the ocean. Only the Catholic Church is calling for "serious reflection to prevent similar disasters".
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Eugenio Vagni speaks to wife, but his release remains uncertain
Contacts with Muslim leaders continue to secure the humanitarian worker’s release. Military continue their pressure in the area on Sulu Island where abductors and hostage are thought to be. Bandits split into four smaller groups.
Hopes vanish of finding survivors of the sunken cruiser amid mounting protests
There are only 14 survivors. The Transport Minister Yang Chuantang says "as long as there's even a little hope, we will give it 100% and will absolutely not give up " search of sunken ship. Relatives of the missing accused the shipping company and the Shanghai authorities of having abandoned them without giving any information.
Russian oil rig sinks, little hope for 39 missing
Another tragedy in Russia brings attention to infrastructure conditions and the failure to comply with safety standards. On the platform, half the passengers were unauthorised.
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