Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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JIANLI, China - Disaster teams that have recovered 77 bodies from a capsized cruise ship in the Yangtze River launched preparations late today to pull it upright to quicken the search for more than 360 other victims who could be trapped inside.

The operation to right the Eastern Star shifted the focus from finding survivors more than 72 hours after it overturned to salvaging the vessel and retrieving bodies.

Transport Ministry spokesman Xu Chengguang said divers would put steel bars underneath the ship, which would then be lifted by two 500-ton cranes. A huge net was placed near the cranes and another one a few yards downstream to catch any bodies.

Authorities say 14 people survived Monday night's sudden capsizing in a severe storm, some by jumping from the ship during the early moments and swimming or drifting ashore. Three of them were pulled by divers from air pockets inside the overturned hull Tuesday after rescuers heard yells for help coming from inside.

Mr. Xu told a news conference that no further signs of life had been found and the chance of finding anyone else alive was "very slim." It was therefore time to right the ship to speed up rescue and recovery efforts, he said.


ACCRA, Ghana- Flooding in Ghana's capital swept stored fuel into a nearby fire, setting off a huge explosion at a gas station that killed 73 people and set alight neighboring buildings today.

The blast took place as dozens of people sought shelter at the gas station and in nearby shops in central Accra to escape the torrential rains.

TV footage showed corpses being piled into the back of a pickup truck and other charred bodies trapped amid the debris. Floodwaters around the site hampered rescue and recovery efforts.


CAPE TOWN, South Africa - South African authorities have opened a preliminary investigation into World Cup bribery allegations, and an opposition lawmaker said today he had information suggesting "high-level" involvement. …

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