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Israeli navy searches for missing sailors
JERUSALEM
Israeli naval craft, divers and aircraft were searching yesterday morning for two sailors missing in the Mediterranean Sea after their cargo ship sank in a collision with a passenger liner, a navy officer said.
The cargo ship was anchored three kilometers from Israel's coast, near the port city of Haifa, when it was rammed and sunk by a Cypriot passenger ship exiting the port Thursday night, Brigadier General Ram Rutberg of the Israeli navy told reporters yesterday.
Eleven of the cargo ship's crew members escaped their sinking craft in a rescue launch lowered by the passenger liner and were picked up by the navy, but two sailors are still missing, Rutberg said.
The passenger ship was not seriously damaged and no one aboard was hurt, he said.
Ministers replaced
PANAMA CITY, Panama
The president replaced Panama's health minister and four other Cabinet members in the wake of a scandal over deadly medicine made at a government laboratory.
President Martin Torrijos named new ministers of health, labor, education, the interior and the presidency, the president's office announced Thursday.
The moves came after months of pressure to fire officials after at least 94 people were poisoned by tainted medication.
The construction workers union, which has about 100,000 members, also pushed Torrijos to get rid of Labor Minister Reynaldo Rivera, alleging several of their fellow workers died after his office failed to enforce construction safety measures.
Same-sex marriage
DES MOINES, Iowa
A county judge struck down Iowa's decade-old gay marriage ban as unconstitutional and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.
Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson's Thursday ruling.
Less than two hours after word of the ruling was publicized, two Des Moines men applied for a license, the first time the county had accepted a same-sex application. The approval process takes three days.
Massachusetts is the only state where gay marriage is legal, though nine other states have approved spousal rights in some form for same-sex couples. Nearly all states have defined marriage as being solely between a man and a woman, and 27 states have such wording in their constitutions, according the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Forest blaze
ZAGREB, Croatia
The prime minister promised an investigation yesterday into Croatia's worst firefighting tragedy, in which six men were killed and seven badly injured when they were trapped battling a fierce forest blaze.
The group - including volunteers aged 17 and 18 - was encircled by flames Thursday when the wind suddenly changed course while they were fighting the fire on Kornat island, national firefighting chief Mladen Jurin said.
Police said eight men had been detained on suspicion of arson. The state-run news agency HINA said the eight were seasonal construction and tourist workers who were allegedly filmed setting the fire by a German tourist.
The fire was brought under control early yesterday.


Updated : 2021-04-14 21:45 GMT+08:00