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In brief: Capsule docks with station

MOSCOW – An unmanned Russian space capsule carrying tons of food, water and supplies to the International Space Station docked with the orbiting laboratory Sunday, two days after the first attempt went awry.

A video feed from Russian mission control just outside Moscow reported the docking took place on automatic systems without problems at 8:17 p.m.

The space station has three Russian and three U.S. astronauts aboard as it orbits some 220 miles above the Earth.

Moderate quake

hits north Japan

TOKYO – A quake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted northern Japan early today, but there was no danger of a tsunami, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The quake occurred off the coast of Iwate, some 310 miles north of Tokyo, at 7:08 a.m. today. The quake’s center was 19 miles below the sea surface, the agency said.

Iwate police official Takahiro Fujibayashi said there were no reports of damage.

Navy says pirates

released sailors

LAGOS, Nigeria – Twelve foreign sailors taken hostage off Nigeria’s oil-rich and restive southern delta were safely released Sunday, a Nigerian naval spokesman said.

Commodore David Nabaida told the Associated Press that all the men were in good condition after pirates dropped them onto a fishing trawler off the coast of the Niger Delta.

The Seafarers Union of Russia said the crew aboard the BBC Palonia consisted of seven Russians, two Germans, and a Latvian, Lithuanian and Ukrainian.

Pirates boarded the German-flagged cargo ship Friday night off the coast of the Niger Delta. Also Sunday, the Seafarers Union of Russia said two Russians and a Lithuanian who were kidnapped from ships in Cameroon in May have been released.

The Russian captain and chief engineer of the North Spirit were abducted May 16 in an attack off Douala, the commercial capital of Cameroon. The Lithuanian was seized from the refrigerator ship Argo two days later.



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