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A Deadly River Cruise – Caitlyn Jenner – And Other Top Headlines

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News In Focus: A Look At This Week’s Most Interesting Stories

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China: A deadly cyclone capsized a river cruise vessel on the Yangtze River on Monday night.  More than 400 passengers are still missing after two days’ rescue operation headed by Li Keqiang, China’s prime minister.

The vessel, Eastern Star, was carrying 458 holiday-makers and crew members on an eight-day cruise to Chongqing when it was struck by a Force 12 cyclone near Jingzhou in Hubei province.

Xinhua, China’s official news source, reported that the ship’s captain and chief engineer, who survived the wreck, were being detained by police for investigation.

By Thursday, the death toll climbed to 65, while at least 14 people were rescued.  Most of the missing passengers are believed to be trapped inside the vessel.

The maritime disaster is described as China’s deadliest since the sinking of the SS Kiangya off Shanghai in 1948, according to the Guardian, and East Asia’s worst since the sinking of the South Korean ferry Sewol last year, according to the New York Times.

To see the last images of the tour boat, click here.

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US: Who is Caitlyn Jenner?

The former Bruce Jenner found the perfect way to introduce his new transgendered self to the world – by having her glamorous portrait taken by Annie Liebowitz and splashed on the cover of Vanity Fair.

Better known as the 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal winner, and the stepfather role in the E! television reality series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Bruce has now transitioned to a woman, first making his announcement in an interview with Diane Sawyer, and then emerging as Caitlyn Jenner this month.

Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover photo, in which she wears an ivory satin corset and poses a la Marilyn Monroe, has sparked a debate across the Internet on modern notions of femininity, sending a wake-up call on the transgender issue.

Read Vanity Fair’s cover story here, or click:

http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/06/caitlyn-jenner-bruce-cover-annie-leibovitz

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South Africa: Katherine Chappell, the 29-year-old visual effects editor who was involved in the Emmy Award-winning episode of the fantasy series “Game Of Thrones,” and the films “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and the “Divergence” series, was mauled to death by a lioness in South Africa on Monday.

Chappell traveled to South Africa as a volunteer wildlife conservationist.

The tragedy happened in a lion park outside Johannesburg.  The lioness apparently leaped through an open window of Chappell’s car and attacked her while she was taking photos of a pride of lions, according to the park’s assistant operations manager.

The authorities were investigating the cause of the attack, but ABC News reported that the subject lioness’ aggressive behavior might have been attributed to her defensive act of protecting her cubs.

There have been two more attacks over the past four months, but they were not fatal, according to the park.  The lioness has since been taken to a separate enclosure until the park’s investigations are complete.  The park said the animal will not be euthanized.

For more, we go to this CNN report:

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Paris: Amorous travelers wishing to pay their pilgrimage to the love capital and seal their vows of love by chaining an initialed lock to the Pont des Arts will be disappointed.

Paris’ city council has decided that this “ugly” practice has to stop.

A million locks weighing 45 tons that have been hung on Paris’ most picturesque bridge were removed on Monday.

The decision came after a railing fell off the bridge last summer under the weight of so many locks.

The trend of attaching padlocks initialed with couples’ names to a monument and throwing the keys into the River Seine began in 2008.

According to the New York Times, the origin of the ritual appeared in a 2006 story by Italian writer Federico Moccia.

In the story, “I Want You,” the fictional characters relived a made-up ancient legend by hanging their “love lock” on Rome’s Ponte Milvio, and throwing the key into the Tiber.

But Paris’ city officials, and many Parisians, see the display of locks as an eyesore and “a lasting degradation of the heritage of Paris and a risk to the safety of visitors: Parisians and tourists.”

To deter a relapse, padlock-proof plexiglass panels will be installed in the Pont des Arts bridge, as well as in the nearby Pont de l’Archevêché, behind Notre-Dame cathedral, another popular spot for love locks, announced city authorities.

See the New York Times article on the origin of the love-lock practice here, or click:

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/06/world/europe/06rome.html

Or watch the Independent’s video here or click:

http://bcove.me/t1l9mqz7

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PHOTO CREDITS
Lead-In Image: “PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 8, 2014: Pont de l’Archeveche An accordion player sitting on a bridge in Paris and plays French songs. Behind him is the bridge railing, full of thousands of love locks.”; wjarek / Shutterstock.com