World Briefs: 'Captain Coward' turns himself in

'Captain Coward' turns himself in

ROME • The captain of the doomed Costa Concordia cruise liner has turned himself in after Italy's highest court upheld his 16-year prison sentence for the tragedy that killed 32 people.

Francesco Schettino, dubbed "Captain Coward" by the press for abandoning the stricken ship, passed through the gates of the Rebibbia jail in Rome last Friday as soon as the judges ruled.


Pope declares two shepherds as saints

FATIMA (Portugal) • Two young shepherds who had visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago in Fatima, a Portuguese site now a draw for pilgrims, were declared saints by Pope Francis yesterday.

In an emotional outdoor service on a packed esplanade at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, Catholic worshippers sang and looked on; many more watched the canonisation on giant screens from adjacent streets.


More suspected human bones found on Sewol

SEOUL • More suspected human bones were recovered yesterday from South Korea's sunken Sewol ferry, officials said, part of a search that began when the ship was salvaged in March.

It sank off the country's coast three years ago, claiming more than 300 lives, mostly high school students on an excursion.

Forensic experts have sent the bones for DNA tests. The results will be known in a month.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 14, 2017, with the headline 'World Briefs'. Subscribe