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Carnival passengers say cruise devolved into violent mess due to family intent on trouble

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A Carnival cruise devolved into near-anarchy during its 10 days in the South Pacific, with some passengers locking themselves inside their cabins, others kicked off the ship and security guards brawling with vacationers in a bare-knuckles melee.Carnival said it would investigate what happened after a video surfaced, showing the guards punching, kicking and threatening passengers during the worst of the fighting Friday. But the cruise line is already blaming "a large family group" for instigating the violence, which some passengers said escalated for days before security could contain it.The trouble started after the Carnival Legend, which can carry more than 2,000 people, set sail from Melbourne to New Caledonia last week – though there are disputes of exactly when and why it all ...
4 Israelis Hurt by Bomb Set in Flag at Gaza Fence, Igniting Night of Fighting

4 Israelis Hurt by Bomb Set in Flag at Gaza Fence, Igniting Night of Fighting

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AdvertisementJERUSALEM — Four Israeli soldiers were wounded Saturday, two of them severely, by an explosive device that the Israeli military said had been attached to a Palestinian flag and placed along the Gaza border during protests there on Friday.Israel responded, first, quickly, with tank fire on a Palestinian observation post near the scene of the explosion, and then — after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident “severe” and promised to “respond appropriately” — with airstrikes on six targets. That led to an exchange of rockets from Gaza and more tank fire from Israel.All told, it was some of the bloodiest fighting between Israel and Gaza since the seven-week war in the summer of 2014 that Israel called Operation Protective...

Uproar in Israel over Polish prime minister's remark on 'Jewish perpetrators' during WWII

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Israeli politicians accused Poland's prime minister of anti-Semitism Saturday for equating the Polish perpetrators in the Holocaust to its supposed "Jewish perpetrators," setting off a new chapter in an angry dispute over Poland's new bill criminalizing the mention of Polish complicity in the Nazi-led genocide.Yair Lapid, head of the centrist opposition Yesh Atid party, said Israel should recall its ambassador immediately in response to Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's comments, which he called "anti-Semitism of the oldest kind.""The perpetrators are not the victims. The Jewish state will not allow the murdered to be blamed for their own murder," said Lapid, the son of a Holocaust survivor.Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay said Morawiecki sounded like any other Holocaust denier wi...

Copter on quake mission flips in Mexico, kills 13 on ground

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A military helicopter carrying officials who were assessing damage from a powerful earthquake flipped as it was attempting to land in southern Mexico, crashing on top of people who had fled their homes and were spending the night outside. Thirteen people were killed — the only known fatalities related to the quake — and 16 were injured.No one aboard the helicopter, including Interior Secretary Alfonso Navarrete and Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat, was seriously hurt. Jorge Morales, a local reporter who was aboard the helicopter when it crashed Friday night, described harrowing moments as the pilot lost control and the helicopter attempted to touch down in a swirl of dust in Jamiltepec, a city in Oaxaca state close to the epicenter of the earthquake that struck earlier Friday."Th...

Mexicans survived an earthquake. Then a government helicopter killed 13 on the ground.

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Soldiers stand guard next to a military helicopter, which was carrying Mexico's interior minister and the governor of the southern state of Oaxaca when it crashed on top of two vans in a field while trying to land in Santiago Jamiltepec. (Jorge Luis Plata/Reuters)A government helicopter, carrying officials surveying damage from an earthquake, crashed in southern Mexico on Friday evening, killing at least 13 men, women and children.The accident horrified and angered people in Mexico, which had seemed to escape the worst after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the state of Oaxaca earlier in the day. Unlike last year's deadly quake near Mexico City, this temblor caused little more than power outages and structural damage in the town of Sa...
A Drifting UKIP Ousts Its Fourth Leader in 18 Months

A Drifting UKIP Ousts Its Fourth Leader in 18 Months

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AdvertisementThe right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party voted 867 to 500 to oust its leader, Henry Bolton, in a vote of no-confidence on Saturday, making him the fourth party leader to step down in the space of 18 months.The party, which put its stamp on history by goading a reluctant prime minister into calling for a referendum to leave the European Union, has since drifted to the ideological fringes, struggling to cope with debts and a fractious membership.Mr. Bolton, a married former army officer, was brought down by a matter of the heart.In January, he was badly damaged by revelations that his girlfriend, Jo Marney, had used racist language to deride the actress Meghan Markle, who will marry Prince Harry this spring.In text messages to a friend that were published by The Mail ...
13 Die After Helicopter Surveying Earthquake Damage Crashes In Mexico

13 Die After Helicopter Surveying Earthquake Damage Crashes In Mexico

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Enlarge this image Students sit in an open area after their school was evacuated in Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Later Friday 13 people died after a helicopter surveying the damage near the epicenter crashed. Felix Marquez/AP hide captiontoggle caption Felix Marquez/AP Thirteen people died and 15 were injured Friday night after a military helicopter carrying government officials assessing earthquake damage crashed in southern Mexico, said the Oaxaca state prosecutor's office.Five women, four men and three children died at the scene and another person died later at the hospital, according to the...