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Tanker catches fire at Greek port

At least one worker was killed when a tanker ship caught fire while undergoing repairs near Athens Monday.

The fire broke out during welding work in the hull of the Panama-flagged tanker Ailsa Craig, at Perama docks, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Athens, the fire service said.

More than two dozen firefighters and rescuers were involved in trying to extinguish the blaze.

"It was hell down there, so much smoke ... we didn't get oxygen tanks quickly enough to get to the men in the hull," welder Stelios Georgopoulos, who helped recover the dead worker's body, told The Associated Press.

Dock workers union representative Sotiris Poulikoyiannis blamed poor safety standards at the facility for the death.

"What we're hoping is that workers at this plant will wake up one day and feel sure that they'll return to their families at night," he said.

Russia's Ministry for Foreign Affairs is seriously concerned about the state of health of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Sergei Skrypal's niece, Victoria Skripal, said that her uncle had already died.

UK wants Sergei Skripal dead

The Basmanny Court of Moscow arrested Michael Calvey, the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund, on allegations of embezzling 2.5 billion rubles from Vostochny Bank. Calvey will be held in custody until April 13

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