Divers recover all 10 sailors
Divers have recovered the remains of all 10 sailors who went missing after the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore last week, the U.S. Navy said Monday. Divers had been searching in flooded compartments of the destroyer for days after the damaged ship docked in Singapore. The cause of the Aug. 21 collision is under investigation. The crash ripped a gash in the McCain’s hull, flooding crew berths and machinery and communications rooms. The victims ranged from 20 to 39 years old and came from eight states, including Jacob Daniel Drake, 21, from Cable, Ohio.
Mudslide deaths top 1,000
Over 1,000 people died in the mudslide and flood that hit Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, nearly two weeks ago, a local leader and a minister said Sunday during services honoring the disaster’s victims. The government had earlier put the death toll for the Aug. 14 mudslide at 450 dead, while rescuers warned that many of the 600 people missing would likely not survive. Hundreds of burials have taken place, while rescue efforts have continued through rain that could bring fresh tragedy due to unsafe housing conditions.
Morales tries to oust official
President Jimmy Morales announced Sunday he was expelling the head of a U.N. anti-corruption commission that is investigating his campaign’s financing — only to have the order quickly blocked by Guatemala’s top court. Morales’ move also drew criticism from the international community, including the U.S., and at least two protests sprang up in the capital to decry the order. A video posted on the government’s Twitter site early Sunday showed Morales declaring Ivan Velasquez “non grata” and ordering him to leave the country immediately. The president also announced he was firing Foreign Minister Carlos Raul Morales for failing to carry out the expulsion.
‘New Age’ Shiite sentenced
An attorney for Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of a mystical, New Age version of Shiite Islam, says an Iranian court has sentenced his client to death on charges of founding a cult. The lawyer says he will appeal within 20 days. In 2014 Taheri, 61, was sentenced to death on similar charges but an appeals court later rejected the verdict. He has been in jail since 2011.
Compiled from wire reports
World news briefs, Aug. 27: Sailors’ remains, Sierra Leone mudslides