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The captain of US container ship El Faro gave an abandon-ship order just minutes before she sank in a hurricane off the Bahamas with the loss of all 33 people on board. A recording made on the bridge on the morning of October 1, 2015, cuts out 10 minutes after the evacuation order, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Wednesday. The SS El Faro was carrying cargo from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico when it was caught up in Hurricane Joaquin, and began to list and take on water.
By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syrian government troops were responsible for two toxic gas attacks and Islamic State militants used sulfur mustard gas, a joint investigation by the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog found on Wednesday, according to a confidential report seen by Reuters. The year-long U.N. and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inquiry - unanimously authorized by the U.N. Security Council - focused on nine attacks in seven areas of Syria, where a separate OPCW fact-finding investigation had already determined that chemical weapons had likely been used.