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Oman

Navy helicopter crashes, kills 5

MUSCAT -- A Navy helicopter crashed on Thursday in the gulf nation with five crew members aboard, according to the U.S. military.

Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, gave no immediate word on the fate of the crew. But an Omani air force official said three of them have been found so far and are being treated in a hospital.

No hostile activity was suspected.

Raelson said an investigation is under way into crash of the MH- 53E Sea Dragon. He said the helicopter was involved in heavy lift operations when it crashed on land about 60 miles southwest of the capital, Muscat.

Brazil

Officials claim leak larger than estimated

RIO DE JANEIRO -- An investigation by regulators found that Chevron Corp. could have prevented an offshore oil leak last year and that the spill was larger than previously estimated, the head of Brazil's National Petroleum Agency said on Thursday.

Magda Chambriard, who runs the agency known as ANP, said at a news conference that about 155,000 gallons seeped into the ocean from cracks in the seabed floor near a Chevron well in the Frade field. Previous estimates put the leak at about 110,000 gallons, which a Chevron statement said is the figure it sticks by.

The ANP's full report will be released on Friday. It will show "the accident could have been avoided if Chevron had conducted its operations while fully adhering to the regulations of the ANP and industrywide best practices, as well as its own procedure manual," Chambriard said.

Tanzania

Death toll rises to 31 in ferry accident

ZANZIBAR -- Stormy conditions hampered rescue efforts on Thursday for a capsized ferry off the coast, as officials said the death toll had risen to at least 31.

The government said that more than 100 passengers were still missing one day after the MV Skagit capsized.

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