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Cruise turns stomachs

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. -- A cruise ship has returned to South Florida after concluding a Caribbean voyage that saw more than a hundred people develop a gastrointestinal illness on board.

Royal Caribbean International reported Friday that 105 of 1,991 guests and three of 772 crew members experienced a possible short-lived norovirus illness during the 11-night trip.

They have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship.

The cruise line says in a statement that crew members scrubbed the ship to help prevent the spread of the illness and again when it returned to port.

The source of the illness wasn't immediately reported.

The Centers for Disease Control says the contagious norovirus causes about 21 million illnesses in the U.S. each year and contributes to 800 deaths.

Deputy PM wins election

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenya's election commission posted complete results early Saturday showing that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta prevailed in the country's presidential elections by the slimmest of margins, winning 50.03 per cent of the vote.

That result is likely to bring controversy in Kenya and an almost certain legal challenge from Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Kenyatta needed to break the 50 per cent barrier to avoid a run-off with Odinga, but he did so by only 4,099 votes out of more than 12.3 million cast.

Monday's presidential vote was the first since Kenya's 2007 election sparked two months of tribe-on-tribe violence after a disputed election win was claimed by President Mwai Kibaki. More than 1,000 people were killed in attacks that included machetes, bows and arrows and police firearms.

Maduro sworn in

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Nicolas Maduro has been sworn in as Venezuela's acting president, against the objections of the political opposition who say the move violates the country's constitution.

Late President Hugo Chavez designated Maduro as his successor before he died Tuesday of cancer. Maduro had been Chavez's vice-president.

The country's 1999 constitution says the National Assembly speaker becomes interim president in the event of a president-elect's death or inability to be sworn in. The constitution also says new elections should be called within 30 days.

Maduro has been picked as the presidential candidate of Chavez's socialist party.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 9, 2013 A24

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