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Lifeboat falls during training drill, killing 5

– A lifeboat being used on a safety drill aboard a cruise ship in Spain’s Canary Islands fell about 65 feet into a port on Sunday when a cable snapped, trapping crew members beneath it and killing five of them, officials said.

None of the hundreds of passengers aboard the British-operated vessel was involved in the accident, which also injured three crew members, said the Canary Islands port authority.

Divers raced to the lifeboat, which had hit the water upside down, recovering four bodies and trying without success to revive a fifth crewman who had stopped breathing, the authority said. The dead crewmen included three Indonesians, a Filipino and a Ghanian, authorities said.

Nation

4 hurt in shooting in New Orleans

Gunshots erupted Satuday night in a crowd of bead-wearing, drink-carrying late-night revelers on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street during the countdown to Mardi Gras, wounding four people and sending bystanders running.

Police said a video taken by a witness depicts an argument involving one of the shooting victims and three suspects.

The shootings wounded two men and two women, three of whom were treated and released Sunday.

World

Stampede kills 31 at Indian rail station

At least 31 people were killed and a dozen more injured Sunday after a stampede broke out at a train station in the northern Indian town where millions of devout Hindus gathered for a religious festival, a senior government minister said.

Pawan Bansal, India’s Railway Minister, told reporters that the stampede took place as massive crowds flooded the Allahabad train station on Sunday evening.

North Korean docs killed in Nigeria

Assailants in northeastern Nigeria killed three North Korean doctors, beheading one of the physicians, in the latest attack on health workers in a nation under assault by a radical Islamic sect, officials said Sunday.

The deaths Saturday night of the doctors in Potiskum, a town in Yobe state long under attack by the sect known as Boko Haram, comes after gunmen killed at least nine women administering polio vaccines Friday in Kano, the major city of Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim north.

Islamic extremists invade city in Mali

Black-robed Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles invaded Gao in wooden boats Sunday to launch a surprise attack on the most populous city in northern Mali, two weeks after French and Malian troops ousted the jihadists.

Gunfire echoed for hours across the city of mud-walled buildings. The combat started at about 2 p.m. in downtown Gao and the fighting was continuing as night fell.

Mexico has suspects in rape of 6 tourists

Mexican authorities announced Sunday that several people had been detained for investigation in connection with last week’s rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, a crime that further blemished the reputation of this troubled Pacific resort.

Guerrero state officials declined to say how many suspects were in custody, but Gov. Angel Aguirre said two of those detained were also were being investigated in connection with another rape case.

Oldest saltwater crocodile dies

The world’s largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died, sending villagers to tears in the backwater southern Philippine town that had started to draw tourists, revenue and development because of the immense reptile.

The crocodile had been blamed for deadly attacks on people before it was captured in 2011 and sent to live at an eco-tourism park that was built to house the giant. The reptile quickly became a star attraction of marshy Bunawan, a far-flung town of 37,000 people in Agusan del Sur province about 515 miles southeast of Manila.

The 1-ton crocodile flipped over with a bloated stomach Sunday and the veterinarian declared it dead a few hours later, Bunawan town Mayor Edwin Cox Elorde said. It was estimated to be more than 50 years old.

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