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    17 dead after Philippines ferry collides with cargo vessel

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    A ferry with nearly 700 people on board has sunk in the Philippines after colliding with a cargo vessel.

    It happened around 2km from the shore near the central Philippine port of Cebu at around 9 pm (1300 GMT) on Friday.

    The coastguard said 17 people were confirmed dead, including children, and more than 500 had been rescued several hours after the collision.