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BANGUI (Reuters) - The Red Cross in Central African Republic has collected the bodies of 281 people killed during two days of violence in the capital Bangui, the organization's president said on Friday. Pastor Antoine Mbao Bogo said staff had to stop work as night fell on Friday but the toll was likely to rise significantly when they resumed work at the weekend. "Tomorrow is going to be a monster of a day. We're going to work tomorrow and I think we're going to need a fourth day too," he said. (Reporting by Joe Bavier; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
The fate of some 40 whales stranded in a remote region off Florida's Everglades National Park was unclear Friday, with officials saying they had lost track of more than half. Twenty-four of the mammals were unaccounted for, Blair Mase of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration told reporters, calling the development "encouraging." Eleven of the pilot whales have died since the mysterious mass stranding was first reported Tuesday, with rescuers racing against time to save the rest. On Thursday, a rescue team of experts from several agencies, including the National Park Service and the US Coast Guard, grew from 25 to 35 scientists and stranding specialists who can only reach the whales by boat.