NASSAU, Bahamas

Boat carrying Haitians sinks, killing up to 21 migrants

A boat packed with Haitian migrants headed for the United States sank and 11 bodies have been recovered from the ocean, a Bahamas police spokeswoman said Monday.

Royal Bahamas Police Inspector Chrislyn Skippings said the death toll was expected to rise because investigators believe at least 28 Haitians were on board the 25-foot smuggler’s vessel when it set off Sunday from Abaco.

Skippings said seven people had been rescued and a search was under way for other survivors among the at least 10 people thought missing, including five children.

The vessel was en route to Florida. They developed engine problems which resulted in the vessel taking on water,” Skippings said during a phone interview.

The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a plane based in Miami and a helicopter based on Andros Island, Bahamas, to help search for survivors, Guard spokesman Petty Officer John-Paul Rios said.


Prime minister gets flack for leaving his child at pub

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife got home from lunch with friends at a pub in the English countryside to discover they forgot something: 8-year-old daughter Nancy.

Nancy was fine – she was quickly reunited with her parents after they realized she was missing. But Cameron’s parenting skills took a drubbing Monday, just weeks after the government set up a program to give parents of young children classes on how to raise them.

Downing Street said the incident happened “a couple of months ago” as the family was leaving a pub near Chequers, the official country house prime ministers use when they want to escape London.

Cameron was traveling in one car with his bodyguards and assumed that Nancy was in the other car with his wife Samantha and their two other children. Samantha, however, assumed young Nancy was with her father, and they only realized she was missing when they got home.

Nancy was separated from her parents for only about 15 minutes, until Samantha Cameron arrived to pick her up from the pub, Cameron’s spokesman said.

CANBERRA, Australia

Dingo did take baby in 1980, coroner rules in latest inquest

A coroner has found that a dingo took a baby who vanished in the Australian Outback more than 32 years ago in a notorious case that split the nation over suspicions that the infant was murdered.

Tuesday’s ruling in the northern city of Darwin is from the fourth coroner’s inquest into the disappearance of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain in 1980 from a campsite near Ayers Rock, the red monolith in the Australian desert now known by its Aboriginal name Uluru.

The mother, Lindy, was convicted and later cleared of murdering Azaria and has always maintained that a wild dog took her.

She and her ex-husband, Michael Chamberlain, were in court to hear the finding.


Girls by the thousands jam plaza for Bieber’s free show

Thousands of “tween” girls and their parents packed into Mexico City’s historic main plaza Monday night, braving a light but incessant rain before a free concert by teen superstar Justin Bieber that was expected to draw 200,000 people.

Bieber arrived at the Zocalo area in one of four SUVs that were escorted by a dozen police officers on motorcycles.

The gray and reddish stones of the plaza were covered in a sea of purple as the mainly 10- to 14-year-old crowd paid homage to what is reported to be Bieber’s favorite color.

At a news conference before the concert, the teen star said there is no artist he would spend days in line waiting for.

“There is no one I admire so much to do something crazy, but if Michael Jackson were here, I would do it for him. So, I do understand the emotion that the girls feel and that makes me feel very honored,” Bieber said.

Girls trundled through security checkpoints with hats and umbrellas, staking claim to some of the roughly 80,000 spots allocated in the plaza.

An additional 120,000 or more fans were expected to watch on giant TV screens erected on nearby streets.

– From news service reports