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Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior III debuts

Greenpeace unveiled a new weapon in its campaign against environmental destruction on Monday — a 23 million euro ($33.4 million) ship dubbed the Rainbow Warrior III. The state-of-the-art vessel went afloat in Berne-Motzen in northern Germany ahead of its official launch to mark Greenpeace’s 40th birthday in October. The original…

US captain of Gaza ship held in ‘shocking conditions’

The captain of a US vessel intercepted after it tried to defy a ban and sail for Gaza from Greece was being held in “shocking conditions” Sunday and has not received consular assistance, a lawyer said. Captain John Klusmer was arrested when the US boat Audacity of Hope — the…

US forces fire on Libyan vessels: command

BERLIN — US planes and a destroyer attacked Libyan ships after reports they were “firing indiscriminately at merchant vessels” in the northwestern port of Misrata, US Africa Command said Tuesday. “A US Navy P-3C Maritime Patrol aircraft, a US Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft and guided-missile destroyer USS Barry…

Race to save oil slicked penguins on remote British island

CAPE TOWN – A race to rescue up to 20,000 endangered penguins from an oil spill in an isolated south Atlantic British island group was underway Thursday after a cargo ship ran aground. Oil-slicked Rockhopper penguins were being collected and taken off three Tristan da Cunha islands to the main…

At Fukushima, radiation levels fall

VIENNA (Reuters) – Japan told the U.N. atomic watchdog there was an initial increase in radioactivity around a quake-hit nuclear plant on Saturday but levels “have been observed to lessen in recent hours,” the Vienna-based agency said. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had also been informed by…

Israelis harshly treat Jewish boat activists

Activists on thwarted boat seeking to defy Israel’s Gaza blockade say soldiers acted harshly Jewish activists who sought to defy Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza say they were treated harshly when soldiers seized their vessel. Itamar Shapira said Wednesday that his brother, Yonatan, a former Israeli air force pilot, was…

New York races to uncover Ground Zero ‘mystery ship’

NEW YORK — New Yorkers raced against time Friday to reveal the secrets of a mostly intact, 18th century sailing ship found in the muddy foundations of the World Trade Center reconstruction site. The ghostly vessel emerged from the mud earlier this week, its hull and deck virtually complete and…

Ecuador discovers 100-foot-long drug smuggling submarine

The Drug Enforcement Administration said Saturday it has helped seize a submarine capable of transporting tons of cocaine. DEA officials said that the diesel electric-powered submarine was constructed in a remote jungle and captured near a tributary close to the Ecuador-Colombia border. Ecuadorean authorities seized the sub before it could…

US House passes first legislation related to Gulf oil spill

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill aimed at broadening corporations’ legal liability for the deaths of workers at sea, in the wake of the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the measure, which expands the ability of surviving family members…

Israeli forces board Rachel Corrie aid boat, no casualties reported

Update: Rachel Corrie docked in Israel; Netanyahu praises operation The Rachel Corrie aid ship docked in Israel on Saturday after being prevented from reaching Gaza, with no repetition of the bloody violence that erupted when commandos stormed another aid boat earlier in the week. The Irish-owned 1,200-tonne vessel was escorted…

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