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S. Korea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

A weeping relative of a passenger aboard the sunken Sewol ferry prays as she awaits news on her missing loved one at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. AP

The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

US ‘closely watching’ for signs of N.Korea nuclear test

Ri Tong Il, the North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations. AP PHOTO

The United States said Tuesday it was watching “very closely” following South Korean warnings that North Korea may be preparing a fourth nuclear test ahead of a visit to Seoul by President Barack Obama.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Death toll in South Korea ferry disaster crosses 100

Searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry boat Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. AP

The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster crossed 100 on Tuesday, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Confirmed death toll in S. Korea ferry disaster passes 100—coastguard

South Korean rescue team members work to rescue passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Monday, April 21, 2014. AP Photo

The confirmed death toll in South Korea’s ferry disaster crossed 100 on Tuesday, but almost twice that number remained unaccounted for nearly a week into the rescue and recovery effort.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

4 more crew detained over S. Korea ferry disaster

South Korea Coast Guard members transfer the bodies of passengers from the sunken South Korean ferry 'Sewol', to a ship at sea off Jindo on April 20, 2014. Divers began retrieving bodies on April 20 from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled with police. AFP P

South Korean prosecutors Monday detained four more crew members in a widening investigation into a ferry disaster that left hundreds missing, presumed dead, local media reported.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Korea ferry captain promised ‘safe journey’ in 2010 video

Lee Joon-Seok (center), captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized at sea off the coast of Jindo, is interviewed at Mokpo police station in Mokpo on April 17, 2014. AFP

The captain at the heart of South Korea’s ferry disaster took part in a promotional video six years ago in which he said marine transport was safe as long as passengers followed orders.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

S. Korea prosecutors turn to mobile app for ferry probe

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Prosecutors probing South Korea’s ferry disaster have turned to a popular mobile chat service to reconstruct the final moments of hundreds feared to have perished on board the sinking ship.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

S. Korea president says ferry captain’s action ‘tantamount to murder’

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye (C) visits relatives of missing passengers on board a capsized ferry as they wait for news at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014.  AFP FILE PHOTO

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Monday that the behavior of the captain and crew of the ferry that capsized five days ago with 476 people on board was unacceptable and “tantamount to murder”.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

More bodies from ship; transcript reveals wavering

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Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, securing a new entryway into the wreck, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

South Korean rescue team members work to rescue passengers believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol near the buoys which were installed to mark the vessel in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP

A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

No sympathy from North Korea over ferry disaster

The body of a passenger aboard the Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, is carried by rescue workers upon its arrival at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO

South Korea’s devastating ferry disaster has elicited messages of sympathy, condolence and support from around the world, with one glaring, though not wholly unexpected, exception.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

South Korean relatives divided over whether to raise ferry

In this April 16, 2014 file photo,  released by South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap News Agency, South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of the sinking Sewol ferry, off South Korea's southern coast,near Jindo, south of Seoul. AP Photo/South Korea Coast Guard via Yonhap, File

Four days after South Korea’s shattering ferry disaster, grieving relatives were split Sunday over whether to approve an end to the search for survivors and let cranes raise the vessel to the surface.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

‘I’ll make it,’ says young ferry passenger to family

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In a last terrified, tearful call to his elder sister, 16-year-old Kim Dong-Hyup promised to get off the sinking ferry alive.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

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