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Cruise crippled by engine fire

Officials say an engine room aboard a cruise ship heading for Mexico has caught fire, leaving the vessel adrift.

According to a statement from Carnival Cruise Lines, the blaze aboard the Carnival Splendor broke out at around 6am as the ship was some 90km off the northern Baja coast.

The ship is carrying 3,299 guests and 1,167 crew members. No one was hurt.

The US Coast Guard and the Mexican navy dispatched aircraft and cutters to provide assistance.



Baggio wins peace award

Italian football star Roberto Baggio is this year's winner of a special award bestowed annually by world's Nobel Peace Prize laureates.

Baggio (43), the FIFA player of the year in 1993, was chosen for the Peace Summit Award 2010 for his longtime efforts in charities, including pressing for the freedom of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader and Peace laureate, the office of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates said.

Baggio has also helped fund hospitals, including raising money to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.



Quaid left in refugee limbo

Actor Randy Quaid's application for refugee status in Canada remained in limbo after an immigration hearing was postponed.

Quaid and his wife were arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, last month on outstanding US warrants.

During the couple's first immigration hearing following their arrest, they requested refugee status based on their belief that they were being persecuted by "Hollywood star whackers".



Charity shop auctions 'Dali'

An American charity shop is auctioning off a purported lithograph of a Salvador Dali work that it received from a mystery donor.

But the Goodwill shop in Grand Junction, Colorado, says it does not plan to verify the work's authenticity.

A customer recently pointed out the signature on the print of The Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus.


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