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Saturday 25 November 2017

Divers find 16th body on ship

Divers searching the sunken cruise ship Costa Concordia have found another body.

The discovery on the third floor deck brings the number of bodies found since the January 13 accident to 16.

The body was found as a large platform carrying a crane and other equipment hitched itself to the ship, signalling the start of preliminary operations to remove a half-million gallons of fuel from the its tanks.

Actual pumping of the oil is not expected to begin until Saturday, and will continue in tandem with search and rescue operations.



Dropped heart saves patient

A heart that was dropped on the ground while being transported to a hospital has been successfully transplanted into a 28-year-old hair stylist.

Dr Jaime Saldivar said Erika Hernandez does not yet know that her new heart made national news in Mexico when a medic stumbled and the plastic-wrapped heart tumbled out of a cooler onto the street two weeks ago.

Dr Saldivar said it will be up to the family to tell her.



Protest rioters hit Kathmandu

Students in Nepal have shut down the capital with a general strike to protest against price increases for petrol, diesel and cooking fuel.

The strike closed schools and markets in Kathmandu today. The streets were quiet except for groups of protesters who chanted anti-government slogans. Police in riot gear stood watch but there were no reports of violence.

Students ordered the general strike after the government raised the prices of various fuels by an average of 10pc last week.



Woman's week



stuck in pond

A Texas woman may have spent up to a week in a rental car stuck in a dairy wastewater pond in Idaho after taking a wrong turn while looking for a hotel.

Lynn Keesler (61), of Houston, was evaluated by emergency medical technicians but refused to go to hospital. Ms Keesler thought she had been stranded for three to five days, but a deputy gave her directions on January 15. She walked to a nearby house for help on January 22.

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