Miss­ing at 34 af­ter Cameroon ship sinks

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Cameroon’s de­fense min­is­ter said at least 34 peo­ple were miss­ing af­ter a mil­i­tary ves­sel sank off the coun­try’s At­lantic coast.

Joseph Beti As­somo said Mon­day that the mil­i­tary was de­ployed to in­ves­ti­gate. He said he­li­copters had res­cued three sol­diers and would con­tinue the search.

As­somo said 37 peo­ple were on board the ship, which was on a rou­tine mis­sion to the Bakassi Penin­sula when it sank Sun­day.

The oil-rich Bakassi Penin­sula was handed over to Cameroon by Nige­ria af­ter an In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice rul­ing. Nige­rian forces had oc­cu­pied the area in the 1980s, lead­ing to vi­o­lent con­fronta­tions with Cameroon’s mil­i­tary.

AP/FEDERICO GROSSO

Snow cov­ers a dock Mon­day in Villa La An­gos­tura in south­ern Ar­gentina. The Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice said the cold front ar­rived from the South Pole.

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