World briefs: 5 from crew die in lifeboat drill

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LA PALMA, Canary Islands -- A lifeboat being used on a safety drill aboard a cruise ship in Spain's Canary Islands fell about 65 feet into a port Sunday when a cable snapped, trapping crew members beneath it and killing five of them, the Canary Islands port authority reported.

Thomson Cruises confirmed the accident and the casualties aboard its British-operated Thomson Majesty ship on the island of La Palma. Three injured crewmen were not badly hurt.

The ship docked at the island's port of Santa Cruz in the morning, after arriving there from the neighboring island of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It was due to depart at 3 p.m. for Funchal on the mid-Atlantic island of Madeira with 1,498 passengers and 594 crew aboard, according to the authority.

At 10:30 a.m. a drill consisting of lowering a lifeboat with crew members aboard began. About an hour later, when the lifeboat was being hoisted back up to the deck, a cable holding it snapped and a hook holding the lifeboat on a second cable gave way, sending the lifeboat plunging into the port upside down, the authority said in a statement.

Journalists' email targeted

BANGKOK -- Several journalists who cover Myanmar said Sunday that they had received warnings from Google that their email accounts might have been hacked by "state-sponsored attackers."

The warnings began appearing last week, said the journalists, who included employees of Eleven Media, one of Myanmar's leading news organizations; Bertil Lintner, a Thailand-based author and expert on Myanmar's ethnic groups; and a Burmese correspondent for The Associated Press.

Taj Meadows, a Google spokesman in Tokyo, said that he could not immediately provide specifics about the warnings, but said that Google had begun the policy of notifying users of suspicious activity in June.

Malala on the mend

LONDON -- Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Pakistani education activist shot in the head by the Taliban, was discharged from a British hospital Friday after undergoing skull reconstruction and receiving a cochlear implant to restore her hearing.

The 15-year-old had been released for a few weeks in January but re-entered Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital to undergo the latest procedures last weekend. The hospital said Malala is "making good recovery" and will now continue her rehabilitation at her family's temporary home in Birmingham.

Call for new protests

CAIRO --Egyptian opposition groups called for peaceful protests today, the second anniversary of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, as a nascent youth movement threatened to storm the presidential palace.

Some opposition groups and parties, including the Egyptian Popular Current, are organizing marches to Cairo's Tahrir Square, according to an emailed statement. Meanwhile, black-masked youth activists dubbing themselves the Black Bloc have said on Facebook that today will witness the "storming of the palace," asking President Mohamed Morsi to choose between "departure or chaos."

The authenticity of the statement by the group couldn't be independently verified.

The warning and the planned demonstrations heighten the kind of tensions that boiled over into violence during weekend protests, leaving one person dead.

-- Compiled from news services



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