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Russia on Sunday mourned the death of Maya Plisetskaya, one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century who dazzled the world with her mesmerising performances and rare beauty. Plisetskaya, whose free-wheeling spirit defied the limits of Soviet-era art, died Saturday of a heart attack in Munich at the age of 89. Despite her advanced years, the Russian ballet icon had brimmed with energy and her death plunged the Bolshoi Theatre, where she had planned to celebrate her 90th birthday in November, into shock. "Plisetskaya is forever," said the Bolshoi where Plisetskaya danced well into her 60s.
Ten migrants who had risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe were found dead on Sunday, the day after nearly 3,700 others were rescued at sea. The number saved on Saturday was one of the highest ever recorded in a single day, raising fears that the tide of desperate people trying to reach Europe from Africa and the Middle East has not been slowed by recent disasters. "Around 10 people were found dead," the Italian coastguard said Sunday, while several rescue teams worked off the shores of war-torn Libya, where most of the rickety, overcrowded boats set sail from.