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Death toll of capsized South Korean Ferry reaches 128

The death toll on the South Korean ferry accident have risen dramatically, with an official count of 128 dead as of yesterday. The ferry’s captain and 6 crew members have been detained by authorities in regards to the disaster. The Sewol ferry sank last Wednesday on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the traditional honeymoon island of Jeju. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers […]

First sign of South Korea ferry disaster was call from a frightened boy

(Reuters) – The first distress call from a sinking South Korean ferry was made by a boy with a shaking voice, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn. He called the emergency 119 number which put him through to the fire service, which in turn forwarded him to the coastguard two minutes later. That was followed by about 20 other calls from children on board the ship to the emergency number, a […]

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:48pm EDT (Reuters) – A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has […]

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

(Reuters) – A tropical cyclone was threatening to hamper the search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in a remote stretch of the Indian Ocean on Monday, as a submarine drone neared the end of its mission scouring the sea bed with still no sign of wreckage. The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor […]

South Korea president says conduct of ferry crew tantamount to murder

BY JU-MIN PARK JINDO, South Korea Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:10am EDT (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Monday the actions of the captain and crew of a ferry that sank last week with hundreds feared dead were tantamount to murder, as authorities arrested four more officers of the vessel. Sixty-four people are known to have died and 238 are missing, presumed dead, in the sinking of the Sewol ferry last Wednesday. Most […]

Deadly gun attack in eastern Ukraine shakes fragile Geneva accord

(Reuters) – At least three people were killed in a gunfight in the early hours of Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists, shaking an already fragile international accord that was designed to avert a wider conflict. The incident triggered a war of words between Moscow and Ukraine’s western-backed government with each questioning the other’s compliance with the agreement, brokered last week in Geneva, to end a crisis that has made Russia’s ties […]

Saudi Arabia announces jump in new cases of deadly MERS virus

(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has confirmed seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), adding up to 36 infections in five days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure. MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 231 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website. Meanwhile, another cluster of cases […]

Japan expands army footprint for first time in 40 years, risks angering China

(Reuters) – Japan began its first military expansion at the western end of its island chain in more than 40 years on Saturday, breaking ground on a radar station on a tropical island off Taiwan. The move risks angering China, locked in a dispute with Japan over nearby islands which they both claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who attended a ceremony on Yonaguni island to mark the start of construction, suggested the military presence could be enlarged to […]

Ferry victim families protest

As the death toll from the capsized South Korean ferry rose above 50, the families of victims began a protest march to the capital, Seoul. They were stopped by police. After more than three days, divers finally gained access to the capsized ferry, Sewol, retrieving 22 bodies on Sunday and bringing the death toll to 54. Strong currents, cold water and low visibility are hampering the operation. There are some 250 passengers still unaccounted for. Early on […]