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Death toll on Russian trawler rises to 54

At least 54 people of a Russian trawler died and more than two dozen were missing after the vessel sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late on Wednesday, Russia's Emergency Ministry said.

Sixty-three of the 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok were rescued with the sea's temperature near zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), the ministry said. The ship was carrying 78 Russian nationals, as well as 54 foreign nationals from Myanmar, Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu.

The trawler sank in the Sea of Okhotsk, 330 km (205 miles) west of Krutogorovsky settlement in the Kamchatka region and 250 km south of the city of Magadan. The home port of the trawler, which was owned by Magellan LLC, was Nevelsk in Russia's Sakhalin region.


Report: 'At least 43 dead as Russian trawler sinks'

The Kamchatka Peninsula. Credit: Google Maps

At least 43 people have died after a Russian trawler sank late on Wednesday in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula, the TASS news agency reported, citing an officer at a maritime rescue coordination centre in the area.

There were 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler and 63 people have been rescued, TASS said.

Fabius: Iran talks a 'few metres from the finishing line'

French Foreign Secretary Laurent Fabius returned for more Iran nuclear talks after flying back to Paris the previous day because progress had been too slow.

He said: "We are a few meters from the finishing line, but it's always the last metres that are the most difficult. We will try and cross them. "It's not done yet. We want a robust and verifiable agreement and there are still points where there needs to be progress especially on the Iranian side," he said.

One diplomat close to the talks said late on Wednesday that a deal could be announced within hours but had not yet been reached, and the talks could still fall apart.

Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline

World leaders and Iran stretched marathon talks on Tehran's nuclear program into a second day past their deadline, with diplomats saying prospects for a preliminary agreement were finely balanced between success and collapse in the coming hours, according to Reuters.

Iran nuclear talks extended to second day beyond deadline. Credit: Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said they would stay at least until Thursday in an effort to seal the "political" agreement, a milestone toward a final pact due by the end of June.


Burkina Faso government confirms Bird Flu outbreak

The government of Burkina Faso has confirmed that an outbreak of H5N1 avian flu was responsible for the deaths of large numbers of chickens in two regions of the country in recent weeks.

Jean Paul Rouamba, minister for livestock, said tests had been carried out by the United Nations experts after a wave of deaths in traditional and modern poultry farms in February and March.

The deaths occurred in Kadiogo province in Centre region and Sanguie in Centre-West region, Rouamba said on state radio. Burkina Faso last battled an outbreak of avian flu in 2006.

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