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Bangladesh rescues 300 migrants stranded at sea

DHAKA--The Bangladeshi coastguard on Wednesday rescued a stricken boat in the Bay of Bengal packed with 300 nationals who were trying to flee to Malaysia, an official said.

At least four bodies were on board the Malaysia-bound boat, which was being towed to a Bangladeshi island in rough seas, the official and one of the passengers told AFP.

Bangladeshi coastguard commander Shahidul Islam told AFP that the remaining 300 passengers were safe.

Islam could not confirm how the four died, but one of the passengers told AFP from aboard the boat that they were fired on as they tried to leave Bangladesh's southern coast near neighboring Myanmar.

Undersea quake strikes off Greece, no casualties

ATHENS, AFP

An undersea earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale hit near the southeastern Aegean island of Karpathos on Wednesday, the Athens Observatory said.

No damage or injuries were reported from the tremor, which occurred 547 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Athens at 0353 GMT.

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