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June 22, 2011 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of gamblers filled the sprawling Marina Bay Sands casino here on a recent weeknight, placing bets on baccarat tables, roulette wheels and dice games under the glow of a seven-ton Swarovski crystal chandelier. With its high-stakes tables, dozens of invitation-only VIP rooms and sleek design, the Marina Bay Sands is the go-to hotel for visiting celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. And it's one of the reasons Singapore is poised to vault past Las Vegas next year to become the world's No. 2 gambling destination, behind Macao in southern China.
November 22, 1985 | Associated Press
A Soviet minesweeper fired three warning shots across the bow of a Japanese fishing boat that accidentally brushed against it in international waters, a Maritime Safety Agency spokesman said early today. No one was injured. The spokesman said the shots were fired across the bow of the 8.5-ton fishing boat, which carried three crewmen.
January 9, 1987 | United Press International
The battleship Iowa and two other warships headed today for the coast of Central America where they will engage in routine training operations in international waters, the Navy said. Joining the Norfolk-based battleship were the guided-missile cruiser Yorktown, also from Norfolk, and the destroyer Deyo, based in Charleston, S.C. "The deployment will demonstrate U.S. interests in the Central American region," Chief Petty Officer Joseph Mowery, a Navy spokesman, said.
January 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
North Korea allowed a South Korean police ship to pass through its waters on a rescue mission for 14 missing crewmen after a cargo vessel sank. It was the first time the North had given such permission. The South Korean ship Pioneer sank in international waters about 185 miles off North Korea's eastern coast. Four of the ship's 18 crewmen were rescued, but the others remained missing.
January 19, 1992 | Reuters
Coast Guard officers called to rescue 28 crew members from a burning ship arrested them all on drug charges after finding 4.5 tons of cocaine on board, authorities said Friday. Coast Guard spokesman Jim Howe said the officers found the cocaine on board the Panamanian-registered Harbour in international waters on Jan. 7 after they boarded the vessel to deal with flooding caused by firefighting efforts.
January 28, 1988 | Associated Press
A Coast Guard cutter preparing to put a boarding party on a Haitian boat was rammed by the vessel in international waters off the eastern Bahamas, a Coast Guard spokesmen said. No one was injured, and the cutter Valiant was not damaged in the incident Tuesday night, but the Haitian boat sank and its nine crew members had to be rescued.
October 6, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Greece warned illegal immigrants that its borders would remain closed to them, as a cargo ship carrying hundreds of refugees sat for a third day in international waters off the Greek coast. The cargo ship, thought to be carrying 300 to 400 illegal immigrants, was being shadowed by a Greek navy ship and several coast guard vessels south of the Peloponnesian peninsula. The Merchant Marine Ministry said there had been no communication with those on board.
May 8, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The alleged leader of a Cuban spy ring was charged with conspiring to commit murder, the first criminal count filed in the deadly 1996 downing of four pilots by a Cuban warplane. An indictment unsealed in Miami alleges Gerardo Hernandez conspired with the Cuban military to provoke a violent confrontation with Brothers to the Rescue, an exile group that searches for Cuban refugees at sea. A Cuban fighter attacked two of the Brothers' planes over international waters in 1996.
December 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A U.S. Navy helicopter crashed in the Pacific Ocean off Colombia with three people aboard, and the Colombian navy joined a search for the crew. The SH-60B Seahawk helicopter was within sight of the U.S. frigate DeWert when it went down, said Bill Austin, a spokesman for the U.S. Naval Station at Mayport, Fla., where the troops are based. The DeWert's unit usually carries out anti-drug missions in international waters. Austin said the chopper did not issue a distress call.
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