Topic: Top stories of the day
*At least 103 people were killed and over 100 went missing after an overcrowded ferry carrying 350 passengers capsized in the Brahmaputra river in northeast India on Monday, the Times of India reported
*A self-confessed Norway mass killer Anders Breivik keeps contact with Russian ultra right-wing activists who are now translating his Manifesto into Russian, the Dagbladet quoted on Monday Breivik’s lawyer Tord Jordet as saying
*Eight people have been killed in a series of blasts that hit an eastern Ukrainian city of Dnepropetrovsk on Friday, The Izvestia v Ukraine daily reported on Monday quoting an anonymous hospital official as saying
*The Russian Curling Federation has asked two foreign coaches to prepare the women’s team for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics after the sports ministry “berated” the federation for the team’s poor performance, federation president Dmitry Svishchev told RIA Novosti on Monday
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