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2013-05-23T00:00:00Z Around the worldWire Reports Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
May 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Canada

Most of Montreal told to boil drinking water

MONTREAL - More than 1 million Montreal residents are being told to boil their drinking water after a malfunction at Canada's second-biggest filtration plant.

The malfunction resulted in brownish water gushing from fire hydrants and an unpleasant aroma wafting over parts of the city on Wednesday.

The advisory applied to most of Montreal. City spokeswoman Valerie De Gagne and others describe it as unprecedented. The advisory applies to 1.3 million people and is expected to remain in place until at least Thursday morning.

American Samoa

Gov't travelers must give up flier miles

PAGO PAGO - American Samoa plans to take away frequent flier miles from government workers who travel on behalf of the U.S. territory. The government will use the loyalty points to help medical patients and students travel off the islands when necessary.

Hawaiian Airlines agreed to the plan that takes effect on June 1, American Samoa Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said. The Honolulu-based airline is the only carrier connecting the unincorporated U.S. territory midway between Hawaii and New Zealand with the rest of the United States.

Moliga acknowledged some people might see the move as unfair but called it "morally wrong" for employees to get extra benefits from the privilege of traveling for the territory as a government employee.

Poland

Man's wait short for face transplant

WARSAW - A 33-year-old Polish man received a face transplant just three weeks after being disfigured in a workplace accident, in what his doctors said Wednesday is the fastest time frame to date for such an operation. It was Poland's first face transplant.

Face transplants are extraordinarily complicated and relatively rare procedures that usually require extensive preparation of the recipient over a period of months or years. But medical officials said the Polish patient's condition was deteriorating so rapidly that a transplant was seen as the only way to save his life. The patient is now being watched for any potential infections.

The man was injured in an April 23 accident at his job at a stone mason's workshop near the southwestern city of Wroclaw when a machine used to cut stone tore off most of his face and crushed his upper jaw.

Italy

Trial for captain in deadly shipwreck

ROME - An Italian judge has ordered the captain of the Costa Concordia cruise ship to stand trial for manslaughter in the vessel's shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany, which killed 32 people.

Judge Pietro Molino, at a hearing Wednesday in the town of Grosseto, agreed to prosecutors' request that Capt. Francesco Schettino of Italy be tried on charges of manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning the vessel while many of its 4,200 passengers and crew were still aboard.

On the night of Jan. 13, 2012, the Concordia hit a jagged reef, which gashed its hull on one side, causing the ship to rapidly take on water just off the island of Giglio in the Mediterranean Sea.

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