Boat carrying "illegal passengers" sinks off the northeast coast, drowning 17 people with 60 others still missing, officials say.
MV X-Press Pearl burnt for 13 days, inundating the island’s beaches with plastic pellets, causing environmentalists to fear an oil spill could cause even greater degradation to fragile marine life.
Tonnes of microplastic granules from the ship and its nearly 1,500 containers have inundated Sri Lanka's famed beaches, forcing a fishing ban and sparking fears of ecological devastation.
A US official reportedly said that Israel had informed Washington it had struck the vessel in "retaliation for earlier Iranian strikes on Israeli vessels".
A maritime intelligence firm identified the stricken vessel as the MV Helios Ray, a Bahamian-flagged ship. The incident recalled the summer of 2019 when the same site saw a series of suspected attacks that the US blamed on Iran, which Tehran denied.
Istanbul-based shipping firm Boden’s director says 15 Turkish sailors who were kidnapped by pirates in Gulf of Guinea in January are now safe in Nigeria.
Pirates contacted the Boden Hamburg office for ransom, naming the crew while providing evidence that all are in good health.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tells reporters strict measures are being taken to avoid such incidents in future after Turkish sailors were kidnapped by pirates in Gulf of Guinea.
Turkish officials say there has been no response from pirates who kidnapped 15 crew members after killing one and leaving three others to sail M/V Mozart off the coast of Nigeria.
Six people have been rescued and two dead bodies retrieved from the sunken Palau-flagged cargo ship off the Turkey Black Sea coast, a Turkish official said.
In a statement, the North’s foreign ministry said it rejected UN Security Council resolutions against it, the violations of which the US had cited in impounding the vessel, as a violation of its sovereignty.
The Panama-flagged cargo ship, which was carrying coal and had 13 crew members on board, was heading to Samsun from the Russian port of Azov.
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