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World in brief: S. Korea says blast likely from torpedo

Mon., April 26, 2010

SEOUL, South Korea – An explosion caused by a torpedo likely tore apart and sank a South Korean warship near the North Korean border, Seoul’s defense minister said Sunday, while declining to assign blame for the blast as suspicion increasingly falls on Pyongyang.

Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said an underwater explosion appeared to have ripped apart the vessel, and a torpedo blast seemed the most likely cause.

Investigators who examined salvaged wreckage separately announced Sunday that a close-range, external explosion likely sank it.

The Cheonan was on a routine patrol March 26 when the unexplained explosion split it in two. Forty bodies have been recovered so far, and six men are still missing .

Top bullfighter gored in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – Spanish matador Jose Tomas, one of the world’s most famous and dramatic bullfighters, was severely gored by a half-ton bull in a Mexican arena and is in critical condition, doctors said Sunday.

Tomas is expected to survive after undergoing more than three hours of emergency surgery overnight following his injury Saturday afternoon.

Tomas, 34, has survived more than a dozen similar attacks.

Swimmers best river’s current

SAN FELIX, Venezuela – Hundreds of competitors swam across the turbulent Orinoco River on Sunday in a grueling test of endurance that is an annual tradition in Venezuela.

A total of 805 men and women participated in the 1.9-mile contest, and 520 of them reached the finish after fighting the current of one of the world’s largest rivers. Others were pushed too far downstream and had to be picked up by boats.


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