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Battered solo yachtswoman awaits rescue in Pacific

A British solo around-the-world sailor whose yacht was crippled in a ferocious storm as she crossed the Pacific has stabilized her battered vessel and is awaiting rescue, race organizers said Friday. Susie Goodall was briefly knocked unconscious when mountainous seas upended her yacht "DHL Starlight" early Thursday, tearing off its mast and trashing much of her equipment. Goodall was attempting to navigate the southern Pacific's notorious Roaring Forties at the time as part of the Golden Globe Race. The 29-year-old,…

Powerful earthquake rocks Mexico, USGS warns tsunami

MEXICO CITY: A powerful 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck southern Mexico late Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, with seismologists warning of a tsunami of more than three meters (10 feet). The quake hit offshore in the Pacific about 120 kilomet ers (75 miles) southwest of the town of Tres Picos in far southern Chiapas state, the USGS said. "Based on all available data ... widespread hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. "Tsunami waves reaching more than…

China aircraft carrier to lead Pacific drills for first time

BEIJING: China's navy plans a training exercise in the Pacific that would include for the first time its sole aircraft carrier, state media reported -- a move likely to ratchet up regional tensions.  The duration of the drill and the route of the flotilla were not known. But the Soviet-made carrier is based in the northeastern city of Dalian, suggesting the fleet would enter the Pacific through a disputed island chain between Taiwan and Japan. "A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning, headed…

Cathay Pacific to suspend Karachi flights from June 28

KARACHI: Cathay Pacific has announced to cease its operations in Karachi, after the audacious militants’ attack on city airport which killed over two dozen people earlier this month, ARY News reported Tuesday. In its statement, the airlines said, “Cathay Pacific will stop flying to Karachi in Pakistan, with the last flight leaving Hong Kong on June 28. The decision has been made for commercial reasons." "The airline will operate 14 more flights to and from Karachi before its operations are ceased. This is to avoid…