Norway, Colombia, Iraq, Italy
AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Norway, firefighters finally have the blaze on a Norwegian cruise ship under control. But now the ship is ten degrees on its side and is taking on water. It took firefighters 6-hours to get the fire under control. Two crew members were killed and at least eight people were injured. Police say an explosion may have caused the fire on the ship. Over 100-passengers were evacuated by boat, the rest after the ship docked.
Colombia – After heavy rains in the central part of the country three rivers overflowed and have forced hundreds of families to flee their homes. The rising waters have ruined thousands of acres of crops and even swept away livestock. All the towns hit with flooding are located at the foot of mountains and hundreds of homes are submerged up to their roofs. Most families fled to government buildings on higher ground, but so far no rescue agencies have been on scene to help people.
Iraq – Authorities in the oil-rich Basra province are trying to attract foreign investment. The town's local governor says the area has been cleared of land mines. Decades of war left Iraq with around 20-million land mines and more than 50-million cluster bombs in border areas and oil fields in the south. Iraq is trying to shake off the legacy of violence, sanctions and economic decline by luring foreign investment and expertise rebuilding its infrastructure.
Italy – Chariot races and gladiators are once again bringing an arena in Rome to life. The 2009 "Ben Hur Live" has arrived in Rome after a lengthy tour across Europe and overseas. It's been considered one of the main musical spectacles in recent years. Audiences get to taste a tale of love and vengeance set more than two-thousand years ago. The musical is directed by Philip William McKinley. He also directed the five-time tony nominated "The Boy from Oz" and the colossal and troubled production of the musical "Spiderman: Turn off the Dark."
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