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FRANCE: Body recovered in '09 air crash

A body from the 2009 Air France crash that killed all 228 people aboard was raised Thursday morning from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the French Gendarmerie, which has experts on the recovery boat. The raising of a body comes two days after the cockpit voice recorder was pulled from the ocean. The data memory unit had been found days earlier. The two black boxes could reveal the mystery of how the flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris fell into the Atlantic. Fifty bodies were found earlier.

Reaction on Palestinians

President Nicolas Sarkozy said he will support a unilateral declaration of Palestinian independence if peace talks with Israel don't restart by September, dealing a setback to Israel's campaign to isolate the incoming Palestinian unity government. His comments were similar to a message from Britain a day earlier. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated, however, that she is opposed to any unilateral move. Sarkozy's comments were published shortly before he met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is touring Europe to rally opposition against the Palestinians' plan for a unity government.

COSTA RICA: 3 U.S. students lost at sea

A strong undertow in the Pacific Ocean swept a group of Ohio high school students out to sea as they took a beach break during a religious mission trip, killing two of them and leaving a third missing. The current pulled them away from shore Wednesday afternoon, according to their school, Patriot Preparatory Academy in Columbus. They were among eight juniors and seniors taking a service trip not sponsored by the school and were to return home Thursday. Two other students also were swept away by the rip current near the town of Parrita but were rescued by lifeguards. The bodies of Caity Jones and James Smith were recovered. Authorities were searching for Kai Lamar, said a spokesman for the Costa Rican Red Cross. The three juniors were working at an orphanage and a drug rehabilitation center, among other places.

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