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IN BRIEF: Crew praised after ship fire

PASSENGERS of a fire-damaged luxury cruise ship have lauded the captain and crew for maintaining order and bringing them safely ashore in Malaysia after 24 hours adrift off the Philippines.

The Azamara Quest was stranded off the southern Philippines with 1,000 people aboard after flames engulfed one of its engine rooms on Friday, injuring five crew members.

It restored propulsion the next night and reached the harbour of Sandakan city in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah on Borneo island late yesterday.

Disneyland Paris turns 20

Disneyland Paris celebrated its entry into adulthood in spectacular style this weekend, with a 20th birthday extravaganza replete with celebrities, parades and a new state-of-the-art show.

The resort 35 kilometres east of Paris has a lot to celebrate. After overcoming a rocky childhood, the Magic Kingdom now makes up a chunk of the French economy and of Disney's own revenues.

Stars rally over Trayvon killing

Political leaders, sports stars, entertainers and several thousand people have taken part in a rally in Miami to support the family of an unarmed Florida teenager shot and killed by a neighbourhood watch volunteer.

Basketball stars Alonzo Mourning and Isaiah Thomas, singers Chaka Khan and Betty Wright and others joined the parents of Trayvon Martin in calling for justice in the case.

George Zimmerman (28) has claimed self-defence and has not been arrested.

Hunger Games tops film charts

Filmgoers brought big appetites for The Hunger Games to box offices over the weekend as the blockbuster movie added $95.9m (¤71.8m) in global ticket sales and pushed the worldwide total since its record-setting debut to $365m (¤273m). The Lions Gate Entertainment movie, about teenagers forced into a deadly survival match, ranked No. 1 for the second straight weekend on domestic charts.