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Mexico tries to relaunch stranded North Korean ship MEXICO CITY: Mexican rescue workers were trying to refloat a North Korean vessel stranded in the Gulf of Mexico a few miles from a port where it had planned to load fertilizer, authorities said on Tuesday.The 6,700-tonne freighter "Mu Du Bong", which had come from Cuba, ran aground on a reef on Monday, 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Tuxpan in Veracruz state, said Ricardo Maza, head of the local emergency services."The boat is still there. Today we were hoping there would be better surf to be able to refloat it," Maza said.There were no reports of injuries, and the crew was still aboard, he added.Maza said the matter was under the jurisdictions of Tuxpan port authorities, the Mexican Navy and the environmental protection agency due to the possible damage caused to the reef area.Federal authorities could impose sanctions on the ship for breaking navigation rules, Maza said."This ship was ...

Orbital cargo ship nears arrival at space station WASHINGTON: An unmanned cargo ship that was rocketed into space this weekend by Orbital Sciences Corporation is nearing the International Space Station where it plans to dock on Wednesday.Loaded with meals for astronauts, equipment and science experiments, the Cygnus cargo carrier is scheduled to be grabbed with the space station's robotic arm at 6:39 am (1039 GMT).American astronaut Steve Swanson will be operating the orbiting lab's robotic arm to pull the cargo ship closer, in ...
Mexico restricts soft drink ads to fight obesity MEXICO CITY: Mexico said on Tuesday it will restrict TV ads for soft drinks, snacks and other high-calorie foods in a bid to tackle rampant obesity.With immediate effect, such ads will be banned from open air and cable TV from 2:30pm to 9:30pm during the week and from 7:00am to 7:30pm at weekends.Ads in movie theaters will also be restricted.In total, 40 percent of advertising seen until now each year for soft drinks and other ...
Mexico's Senate committees approve energy reform bills MEXICO CITY: Senate committees approved a set of laws on Tuesday to regulate the opening of Mexico's oil and gas industries to private investment, the centerpiece of President Enrique Pena Nieto's economic agenda. The committees passed four bills fleshing out a historic overhaul of the state-run energy sector, including the power market.The bills will pass to the floor of the Senate on Thursday and then the lower house of Congress for approval. Pledging to reverse ...
California politicians call for Fox News host to resign over racial comment BERKELEY: Two California politicians have called for a host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” program to resign over his use of racially charged language. Bob Beckel’s use of the term “Chinamen” was offensive. The pundit is facing criticism for using the word on air last week as well as for suggesting Chinese computer science students come to study in the United States only to pose a security threat. Beckel responded to the backlash ...
Report exposes culture of beatings at New York prison NEW YORK: Mentally ill inmates suffer overwhelmingly from pervasive brutality at America’s second biggest jail, where guards beat up prisoners routinely, The New York Times reported on Monday.After a four-month investigation, the paper said 129 prisoners suffered “serious injuries” with over an 11-month period at New York's Rikers Island last year.The injuries required medical treatment outside the jail and included fractures, wounds requiring stitches and head injuries.Furthermore, officers used force on inmates 1,927 times in ...
Nickel in smartphones likely to trigger allergic reactions- study SAN FRANCISCO: Nickel in a first-generation iPad likely triggered an allergic skin reaction in an 11-year-old boy, a case that highlights an increasingly common condition linked to the rapid adoption of consumer electronics, according to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday. Dr Sharon Jacob and Dr Shehla Admani, who are both dermatologists, studied severe skin rashes afflicting the unidentified 11-year-old boy for more than six months, before discovering that ...


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