International

Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China

United States President Barack Obama made an statement during his four nation visit in Asia that the United States welcomes China’s rise but the country’s relations or engagements with Beijing would not come at the expense of his Asian allies.

Divers feel with their hands for corpses in cold depths of South Korean ferry

BY JU-MIN PARK (Reuters) – The confirmed death toll from a sunken South Korean ferry is rising faster as divers penetrate the dark, cold waters inside, feeling for children’s bodies with their hands as they swim through a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks. The divers, with oxygen and communications lines trailing, can only see a few inches in front of them as they search areas of the ship where the children were told […]

First distress call from South Korea ferry disaster was from 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 […]

Biden vows US support for Kyiv

US Vice President Joe Biden has told leaders in Kyiv that they must “fight the cancer of corruption” in their government. He said Washington stands with them and is ready to provide economic support. During the first full day of his diplomatic visit to Ukraine on Tuesday, Vice President Biden told political leaders in Kyiv that they face a historic opportunity to build a united Ukraine. Speaking to a group of several Ukrainians, including three […]

United Nations condemn South Sudan ethnic killings

Human Rights investigators from the United Nations (UN)Mission in South Sudan have confirmed that opposition forces killed hundreds of South Sudanese and foreign civilians after determining their ethnicity or nationality when they captured Bentiu last week. Speaking to reporters in New York, UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said “the Mission strongly condemns these targeted killings. It also condemns the use of Radio Bentiu FM by some individuals associated with the opposition to broadcast hate speech.” The […]

Malaysians frustrated with delay in the search for missing Malaysian plane

(Reuters) — Malaysians are disappointed with the delay of the search for MH370 after officials said a tropical cyclone might disrupt the search on Tuesday (April 22), while the latest emergency landing of another Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane raise questions over safety issues. A tropical cyclone heading south over the Indian Ocean caused the air search for a missing Malaysian jetliner to be suspended on Tuesday, as a U.S. submarine drone neared completion of its undersea search without any […]

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 […]