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Suspected pirates kidnap Dutch cargo ship crew members near Nigeria

Suspected pirates kidnap Dutch cargo ship crew members near Nigeria

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April 24 (UPI) -- Suspected pirates boarded a Dutch-flagged cargo ship near the Nigerian coast, the ship's managing company said Monday.The suspects kidnapped 12 of the 14 crew members on board FWN Rapide on Saturday near Port Harcourt, ForestWave Navigation BV said.Two others crew members were uninjured and moved the vessel to a safe location, the company said. ForestWave commended the two for their "courageous and professional handling" of the incident."ForestWave would like to stress its main priority is to establish contact with the missing seafarers and secure their earliest and secure return," the company said in a statement. "The company's Emergency Response team is working around the clock and is liaising with the local and international authorities."The ship was traveling from Tak...
Western leaders mull joint response to suspected Syrian chemical attack

Western leaders mull joint response to suspected Syrian chemical attack

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Western leaders are weighing up a coordinated military response against the Syrian government over an alleged chemical attack on a rebel-held neighborhood near Damascus on Saturday. President Donald Trump, France's President Emmanuel Macron and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May held phone conversations Tuesday discussing how the West should act in order to reinforce an international prohibition against chemical warfare. Macron on Tuesday evening said he wants "a strong and joint response" to the attack, saying that France would decide in the coming days alongside the U.S. and Britain. Meanwhile, leading officials from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have requested access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack that took place on a Syrian rebel-he...
Syria war: At least 70 killed in suspected chemical attack in Douma

Syria war: At least 70 killed in suspected chemical attack in Douma

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceAt least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria's Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say.Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several bodies in basements. It said the deaths were likely to rise.There has been no independent verification of the reports. Syria has called the allegations of a chemical attack a "fabrication" - as has its main ally, Russia. The US state department said Russia - with its "unwavering support" for Syria's government - "ultimately bears responsibility" for the alleged attacks.What do we know about the attack?Several medical, monitoring and activist groups reported details of a chemical attack."Seventy people suffocated to death and...
Lions reportedly devour suspected poacher in South Africa

Lions reportedly devour suspected poacher in South Africa

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South African police are trying to identify a suspected poacher who was reportedly killed and partially devoured by lions in a private game reserve near the Kruger National Park. The man’s mauled remains, including his head, were reportedly found today alongside a hunting rifle and ammunition. "The process of identifying the deceased has already commenced and it might be made possible by the fact that his head is amongst the remains that were found at the scene,” South African Police Service spokesman Lt. Col. Moatshe Ngoepe told the country’s News24. Ngoepe added: “We are now waiting for a person from the family but we are also utilizing our investigative resources to see if we can successfully identify the deceased." Ngoepe told Agence France-Presse news agency: “It seems the victim
Flies more germ-laden than suspected

Flies more germ-laden than suspected

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Scientists have discovered that flies carry more diseases than suspected. The house fly and the blowfly together harbour more than 600 different bacteria, according to a DNA analysis.Many are linked with human infections, including stomach bugs, blood poisoning and pneumonia.Flies can spread bacteria from place-to-place on their legs, feet and wings, experiments show. In fact, every step taken by a fly can transfer live bacteria, researchers said.''People had some notion that there were pathogens that were carried by flies but had no idea of the extent to which this is true and the extent to which they are transferred," Prof Donald Bryant of Penn State University, a co-researcher on the study, told BBC News.OutbreaksDNA sequencing techniques were used to study the collection of microbes fo...