Search on for 8 missing Algerian migrants near Sardinia

Italy's coast guard is searching for eight Algerian migrants who apparently tried to swim to shore when the motor of their boat failed off Sardinia's southwest coast. (AFP)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Search on for 8 missing Algerian migrants near Sardinia

ROME: Italy's coast guard is searching for eight Algerian migrants who apparently tried to swim to shore when the motor of their boat failed off Sardinia's southwest coast.
The coast guard said in a statement Saturday that three people who decided to stay aboard the stranded boat and were rescued told authorities that 10 people in all had abandoned ship Thursday near Isola del Toro, an uninhabited rock off the Sardinian island of Sant'Antiochio.
The coast guard has already recovered two bodies. While Sicily is a close European destination for migrants departing from Libya, people leaving from Algeria typically head for Sardinia. The arrival of five boats carrying 63 people was reported in the last week.


Japan probe seems to have landed on asteroid: space agency

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Japan probe seems to have landed on asteroid: space agency

TOKYO: A Japanese probe that aims to examine a distant asteroid for clues about the origin of the solar system appears to have landed successfully Friday, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said.
“We confirmed data communication with the probe recovered after the touchdown, and it seems that touchdown was successful, but we have to analyse various data that we are receiving step by step... before the final confirmation,” JAXA spokeswoman Chizato Ikuta told AFP.
Such confirmation is expected in a few hours given the distance between the probe and Earth.