World Briefs: Body found in search for lost cargo ship

Body found in search for lost cargo ship

JACKSONVILLE (Florida) • The US Coast Guard said yesterday it discovered a body in its search for survivors of the lost El Faro cargo ship, which is believed to have sunk in the Atlantic with 33 people aboard.

Several survival suits were found and searchers "did identify human remains in one," Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said. Rescue teams also located debris appearing to belong to the ship, which went missing in the eye of Hurricane Joaquin more than three days ago, the US Coast Guard said.


Parole board to consider Pistorius release

JOHANNESBURG • A South African parole board was due to meet yesterday to determine whether Paralympian star Oscar Pistorius should be released early from a prison sentence for killing his girlfriend. The 28-year-old double-amputee sprinter was sentenced last year to five years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.


New marine sanctuaries planned in US

WASHINGTON • President Barack Obama's administration announced steps yesterday to create marine sanctuaries in Maryland and Wisconsin and action to combat illegal fishing.

The sites will be the first new National Marine Sanctuaries in the US since 2000.


Swedish crime writer Mankell dies

STOCKHOLM • Best-selling Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, whose most famous creation was the detective Kurt Wallander, died overnight at the age of 67, his publisher said yesterday.

Mankell, who had been suffering from cancer for several years, died in his sleep.


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