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Crippled cruise ship to reach land Thursday

NAIROBI, Kenya — A crippled Italian cruise ship being towed in the Indian Ocean with more than 1,000 people aboard and no air conditioning now won’t reach land in the Seychelles until Thursday, officials said.

The cruise ship company said that food, satellite phones and VHF radios would be brought to the Costa Allegra by helicopter.

Photos released on Tuesday showed hundreds of people milling on the ship’s outside decks, and officials said passengers would sleep there as well instead of in their unlit cabins.

The Costa Allegra has 636 passengers and 413 crew members on board: Among them are 212 Italian, 31 British and eight U.S. passengers. Four of the passengers are children ages 3 or younger.

The ship lost power Monday after a fire in its generator room, which knocked out power to the ship’s engines as well as to its lights and air conditioning.

Cruise ship officials said they would take the stranded travelers by Wednesday to the main Seychelles island of Mahe.


Prison time capped for ex-Maryland man

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE — A Pakistani man who attended a suburban Baltimore high school and is accused of plotting with the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attack to blow up fuel tanks in the U.S. would serve no more than 25 years in prison under a plea deal, according to military documents released Tuesday.

Majid Khan would plead guilty to charges that include conspiracy, murder and attempted murder for a range of post-Sept. 11 plots, making him the first of what U.S. officials deem the “high value” prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to be convicted.

Details of the plea deal have not been disclosed, but a sentencing document released before Khan’s hearing on Wednesday sets out the broad outlines.

A jury of military officers could sentence Khan to 25 to 40 years in prison, but the Convening Authority, a Pentagon legal official who oversees the tribunals, would agree not to approve a sentence that exceeds 25 years.


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