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Canada whale-watching boat disaster: All 5 dead confirmed to be Britons

Whale watching boat overturnsThe Foreign Office has confirmed the five people who died when a whale-watching boat sank off the coast of Canada were all British. One person is still missing after the 20m Leviathan II, carrying 27 people, sank off the coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, on 25 October.

Emergency services confirmed 21 people have been rescued and taken to hospital, many of who are said to be in a stable condition. An investigation is under way to determine how the boat sank, with conditions said to be "not too unusual" for the whale-watching company to deal with.


Indonesia fire: Sulawesi karaoke parlour blaze kills 12

Karaoke fire in IndonesiaAt least 12 people died when a fire broke out in a packed karaoke parlour in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, police say.

Panicked people smashed windows to flee as black smoke spread through the Inul Vizta building in Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province. But others were trapped in the building, which reportedly had only one access door

Most of the victims are said to have died from smoke inhalation. About 70 others are in hospital.


Jordan proposes TV cameras to defuse Jerusalem tensions: Kerry

Jordan proposes TV cameras at holy siteU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday sketched out steps, including Israeli-Jordanian video surveillance, he hopes may ease tensions over a Jerusalem site holy to Muslims and Jews, after weeks of violence in which dozens have died.

Speaking in Amman after meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah, Kerry said Israel had given assurances it had no intention of changing the status quo at the site, the third holiest in Islam.


Deadly blast hits Shia Ashura procession in Pakistan

Shia processionAt least 16 people have been killed during a procession to mark a Shia religious holiday in the Pakistani province of Sindh.

The blast on Friday, which struck worshipers marking Ashura in the city of Jacobabad, also wounded 30 people.

A police official told the AFP news agency that the procession was targeted by a suicide bomber.


Israeli settler attacks rabbi protecting Palestinian farmers

Israelu attacks rabbiA knife-wielding Israeli settler on Friday attacked a peace activist in the West Bank, where the activist was volunteering to protect Palestinian farmers from such assaults during the ongoing olive harvest season. The attack, captured on video, underscores longtime complaints by Palestinians of harassment and assaults by Israeli settlers.

Rabbi Arik Asherman, president of Rabbis for Human Rights, was returning from helping farmers in the Palestinian village of Awarta, near the Israeli settlement of Itamar, when he spotted settlers stealing olives and burning groves that belong to local villagers. After he confronted the settlers, one of them assaulted him with stones and a knife.


US spied on Israel over strike on Iran's nuclear program

US spied on IsraelIsrael violated Iranian airspace in 2012 in what U.S. officials interpreted as a dry run for a strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities, the Wall Street Journal reported.

According to the Journal’s report Friday, the United States had “closely monitored Israel’s military bases and eavesdropped on secret communications” during 2012, fearing that Israel was planning an attack on the Fordo nuclear site in Iran.


At least 43 killed in French bus crash

French bus accidentAt least 41 people on a bus carrying elderly day-trippers were killed early on Friday when the bus hit a truck head-on and caught fire, in France's worst road crash in more than 30 years.

Two people, including a young boy, died in the truck. A total of eight people were injured.

The bus and the truck collided near a forested bend on a two-lane road cut into a hillside near Puisseguin in the Gironde region, about 60 km (35 miles) east of Bordeaux, the local prefect's office said in a statement.


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