Death count in Ecuador earthquake reaches 272

BELGRADE - At least 272 people were killed by Saturday's devastating earthquake in Ecuador, President Rafael Correa said Sunday evening in an address to the nation.

"Officially, the number [of those killed] in the country totals 272," Correa said.

"The scale of the tragedy is huge, but we will be able to move forward."

Columbia Space Shuttle lands 30 years ago on April 14

Thirty years ago to the day, the first Space Shuttle mission landed in California. On April 14, 1981, the rear wheels of the space shuttle orbiter Columbia touched down on Rogers dry lake at Edwards Air Force Base, NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (then Dryden Flight Research Center), in southern California, to successfully complete a stay in space of more than two days.

Miss Universe mix-up as the wrong beauty queen gets crown (pic)

Social media caught ablaze after Miss Universe pageant host, US comedian Steve Harvey misread his cue card late Sunday and announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez was Miss Universe. No sooner was she crowned before the glittering crown was taken off her head and given to its rightful owner Miss Philippines.

Student claims on-campus rape; accepts diploma with … mattress in hand

A 21-year-old visual arts student at Columbia University carried, with help, a mattress on stage recently to accept her diploma as part of a semester-long protest against the university, which she claims failed to take action against a fellow student who raped her!

Tennis: Sorana Cirstea qualifies for quarterfinals of doubles event at tournament in Bogota (WTA)

Romanian woman tennis player Sorana Cirstea and Kazakh Yaroslava Shvedova on Monday qualified for the quarterfinals of the doubles WTA tournament in Bogota (Columbia), equipped with total prizes worth 250,000 US dollars, after defeating No. 2 seed Mandy Minella (Luxembourg)/Olga Savciuk (Ukraine), 7-5, 6-2.

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