Philippine ferry death toll rises to 61

ORMOC CITY: The death toll from a ferry that capsized in the central Philippines has risen to 61, the coast guard said on Sunday, indicating that the vessel was overloaded. Whether the ferry was carrying too many people will be part of an investigation into last week's disaster off the city of Ormoc, which has seen the boat's owner and crew charged with murder. Coast guard figures showed that 61 people had died when the wooden Kim Nirvana capsized, with at least 145 people listed as survivors. This would mean at least 206 people were onboard, exceeding the 194 passengers and crew the boat was authorised to carry. The heavy cargo the ferry was transporting may also have played a role.

World Heritage sites

BERLIN: The UN cultural agency Sunday designated Hamburg's historic maritime warehouse and business districts, boasting early 20th century German brick architecture, as World Heritage sites. The Speicherstadt, the world's largest historic warehouse complex, is a district of connecting roads, canals and bridges dating from 1885 to 1927, lined with red-brick office buildings. Covering 26 hectares in the heart of the northern German city's bustling port area, its Gothic red-brick warehouses once stored high-value goods, such as coffee, spices and tobacco, UNESCO said. Besides its architecture, it has more recently become a centre for tourism in Germany's second biggest city, as well as a draw for innovative businesses or eateries.

Suicide attack: 6 dead

BAUCHI: A suicide bomber killed six people at a church in northeast Nigeria on Sunday at the end of a week in which suspected Boko Haram insurgents killed more than 200 people. The blast in Potiskum in Yobe state on Sunday came after an attack on the capital of neighbouring Borno state on Friday, deadly raids in three towns during the week and suicide bombings along a highway.

UN mediator rejected

BUJUMBURA: Burundi on Sunday rejected a second UN diplomat named to help resolve the country's political crisis, saying a critical report about last week's parliamentary elections demonstrated bias. The rejection of Abdoulaye Bathily came in response to a UN report saying its mission in Burundi had observed restrictions on media freedoms, arbitrary detentions and acts of violence around the June 29 vote. Burundi's ruling coalition said, "Bathily has produced a critical report not reflecting reality on the scene.”