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Death toll tops 1,000

DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The death toll from a garment factory building that collapsed outside the Bangladesh capital has passed 1,000, as recovery workers continue pulling bodies from the wreckage more than two weeks after the disaster.

Officials say 1,021 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the fallen eight-storey building as of Friday morning.

It is not clear what the final toll will be from the disaster, already the world's deadliest garment industry disaster and one of the worst industrial accidents.

Hezbollah looks to Syria

BEIRUT -- Syria will supply "game-changing" weapons to Hezbollah, the chief of the Lebanese militant group said Thursday, less than a week after Israeli airstrikes on Damascus targeted alleged shipments of advanced Iranian missiles bound for Hezbollah.

Israel has signalled it will respond with airstrikes to any future weapons shipments, meaning it could quickly get drawn into Syria's civil war if the Hezbollah chief's declaration is more than an empty threat.

Tension has been rising in the region since Israel struck targets inside Syria on Friday and Sunday. Hezbollah and Israel fought several battles in the past three decades, including a 34-day war in 2006 that left some 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis dead.

Israel has largely tried to stay out of Syria's 26-month-old conflict. It never acknowledged the airstrikes, but Israeli officials have signalled Israel's air force would strike against any shipments of strategic missiles that might be bound for Hezbollah.

Space station springs leak

WASHINGTON -- The International Space Station has a radiator leak in its power system. The outpost's commander calls the situation serious, but not life-threatening.

The six-member crew on Thursday noticed white flakes of ammonia leaking out of the station. Ammonia runs through multiple radiator loops to cool the station's power system. NASA said the leak is increasing from one previously leaking loop that can be bypassed if needed. NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs said engineers are working on rerouting electronics just in case the loop shuts down. The Earth-orbiting station has backup systems.

Space station Commander Chris Hadfield of Canada tweeted the problem, while serious, was stabilized.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 10, 2013 A24

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