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At least three people have died after a luxury cruise ship ran aground off the Italian coast, in an accident which forced the coast guard to evacuate more than 4,000 people to safety.

The 114,500-tonne Costa Concordia was on a trip around the Mediterranean when it "hit an obstacle" near the island of Giglio off the coast of Tuscany late on Friday, a coast guard official said.

Al Jazeera's Paul Brennan reports.

Source: Al Jazeera