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18 WORLD WEDNESDAY MAY 15 2019 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 20 WORLD WEDNESDAY MAY 15 2019 CAIRNSPOST.COM.AU CCPE01Z01MA - V1 the families of those impacted by todays accident, Princess Cruises said in a statement. The passengers were travelling on the Royal Princess cruise ship. Princess Cruises is extend Syrians close on hold-out SYRIAN troops on Monday captured five small villages and a hill on the edge of the northwestern province of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in the country, pro-government media said. The extremist leader of the rebels in the region released a video calling on every able person to perform his religious duty and join the fight. The pro-government Syrian Central Military Media said government forces captured the villages of Hawash, Jabrieh, Tawbeh, Sheikh Idriss, Jub Suleiman and Hawash hill on the southern edges of Idlib. Push to open Vatican files FIVE Americans who were sexually molested by Catholic priests will sue the Vatican to get the names and details of priests involved in abuse, an attorney for the group said on Monday. The lawsuit in US federal court, which will be formally announced in the city of St Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, aims to compel the Vatican to open its archives and release all the identities of thousands of offenders known exclusively by the Vatican and held in strict secrecy, lawyer Jeff Anderson said in a statement. The petition also asks for the offenders files and pertinent histories. Israel makes poison arrest ISRAELI police said on Monday they had arrested a man suspected of poisoning nearly half the already-threatened vulture population in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. A resident of the Bedouin village of Tuba Zangariya in northern Israel was detained on Sunday, police said. Police did not mention any apparent motive, but posted a picture of a cow carcass the suspect had allegedly dosed with poison. Local media said such poisonings in the past had been caused by farmers putting out poisoned bait to stop predators attacking their herds. Lee manager abuse charge THE former manager of Stan Lee has been charged with elder abuse against the late comic book legend. Keya Morgan was charged on Friday with five counts of elder abuse, including false imprisonment, fraud and forgery stemming from an incident last summer when Lee was 95 years old, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Superior Court said on Monday. Morgan, a New York memorabilia collector who became involved with Lee in 2017, was served with a restraining order last year after Lees family accused him of elder abuse. Markets slide as Chinese hit back ESCALATING its trade war with the US and sending world financial markets into a slide, China announced higher tariffs on Monday on $US60 billion ($A86 billion) worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trumps latest penalties on Chinese products. Tariffs of 5 per cent to 25 per cent will take effect on June 1 on about 5200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee, Chinas Finance Ministry said. The announcement followed a move by the US on Friday to raise duties on $US200 billion of Chinese imports to 25 per cent, up from 10 per cent. American officials did so after accusing China of backtracking on commitments it made in earlier negotiations. With investors unnerved by the potential for economic damage on all sides, stocks sank across the globe. The Dow Jones industrial average was down more than 600 points, or close to 2.5 per cent, in midafternoon trading. Two days of trade negotiations between US and Chinese representatives broke up on Friday without any agreement. Both countries have indicated more talks are likely. Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Sunday that China had invited US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Beijing. And Mr Trump said on Monday that he expected to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping in late June at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. The two countries have given themselves some breathing room: The higher Chinese tariffs dont kick in for two weeks. The US increases apply to Chinese goods shipped since Friday, and those shipments will take about three weeks to arrive at US seaports and become subject to the higher charges. On Twitter, Mr Trump warned Mr Xi that China will be hurt very badly if it doesnt agree to a trade deal. Mr Trump tweeted that Beijing had a great deal, almost completed, & you backed out! The president has repeatedly insisted, most recently on Monday, that increased tariffs on Chinese goods dont hurt American consumers. But Mr Kudlow acknowledged over the weekend that US consumers and businesses will bear some of the costs. Both sides will pay, he told Fox News. POSTER GIRL: Doris Day, pictured in the 1955 film Love Me or Leave Me, has died. Hollywood screen icon Doris Day dead at 97 DORIS Day, the beloved and perennial girl-next-door whose career as a singer and actress spanned almost 50 years and made her one of the biggest stars of her time, has died. She was 97. The Doris Day Animal Foundation confirmed Day died early on Monday (local time) at her home in Carmel Valley, California. The foundation said she was surrounded by close friends and had been in excellent physical health for her age, until recently contracting a serious case of pneumonia. It said Day had requested no funeral or memorial service and no grave marker. Hollywood stars rushed to pay tribute to the late star. Beatles legend and animal rights advocate Paul McCartney said Day was a true star in more ways than one. Cruise passengers killed as shore trip planes collide FIVE people are dead and 10 others are injured after two planes carrying cruise passengers taking part in shore excursions collided mid-air over Southeast Alaska. Princess Cruises confirmed that the pilot of a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and all four passengers were killed in the collision with a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 just after 1pm local time about eight nautical miles from the town of Ketchikan. We are deeply saddened to report this news and our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives and ing its full support to travelling companions of the guests involved. The cruise was on a sevenday Voyage of the Glaciers tour that departed Vancouver on May 11 and was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday, May 18. Coast Guard Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios said the DHC-3 was carrying 11 people. He added that the 10 injured were from the larger plane and an 11th person was among the missing. Three of those injured were in a serious condition and seven were in a fair condition. Huffman pleads guilty AMERICAN actress Felicity Huffman (pictured) pleaded guilty on Monday for paying bribes to help her daughter gain admission to a prestigious university, avoiding what was sure to be a well-publicised trial and probably also dodging jail time. The former Desperate Housewives star was the latest celebrity brought down by the wide-ranging college bribery scandal thats snared a slew of wealthy American parents. In a tearful appearance before federal judge Indira Talwani in Boston, Huffman pleaded guilty to paying $US15,000 ($A21,500) to boost her daughters SAT college entrance exam score. The crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as $US250,000, but by admitting guilt Huffman will likely avoid those penalties. Federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of a years probation and a $US20,000 fine, though the judge can modify the penalty if she pleases. Huffman announced her intention to plead guilty last month, saying that she was ashamed of what she had done. Sentencing is scheduled for September 13, US attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said. THE PRESIDENT HAS REPEATEDLY INSISTED, MOST RECENTLY ON MONDAY, THAT INCREASED TARIFFS ON CHINESE GOODS DONT HURT AMERICAN CONSUMERS Rescue workers transfer an injured passenger to an ambulance after the crash. ''