South Korea, 2014
The death toll from South Korea’s ferry crash has reached 159, with 143 people still missing, the coastal guard of the Chindo island said. The search and rescue team say that the bodies of the missing people are most likely in the 4th level and in the cabins.
More than a week after a South Korean ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank, North Korea finally voiced its condolences Wednesday for the victims of the disaster, including the many schoolchildren who died.
Across-the-board rallies in Malaysia, Japan and the Philippines marked the upcoming visit of President Barack Obama to the Asian region. The tour, scheduled to start next week, will embrace four countries - Japan, Malaysia, the Philippine islands and South Korea, amid commonly felt unease over China’s rise.
US President Barack Obama's Asian tour which starts in Japan on Wednesday has lifted the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities, exposing historical rifts that Washington can no longer paper over.
The death toll in the South Korea's ferry crash has risen to 150 people, as the search and rescue team had recovered more bodies overnight, the coastal guard reported on Wednesday. The underwater robots have been employed in the operation for two days, and rescuers mainly concentrate their efforts on the third and fourth levels of the ferry.
The upcoming trip by the United States President Barack Obama to the Pacific region will only intensify the confrontation and instigate a nuclear arms race, said a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry ahead of the US leader's visit to Japan and South Korea.
Crew members detained over South Korea's ferry disaster said Tuesday they had done their best to launch life rafts, and one suggested possible technical reasons for the ship capsizing. The 6,825-tonne Sewol had 29 crew, including its captain Lee Jeon-Sook. Twenty of them escaped the ferry as it sank last Wednesday morning, and there has been public outrage at reports they were among the first to evacuate while hundreds remained trapped in the vessel.
North Korea could well be preparing to carry out its fourth nuclear test, South Korea's Defense Ministry said Tuesday, citing a significant step up in activity at the North's main test site.
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.
Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov is ready to assist South Korea in the search-and-rescue operation evolving on the site of the April 16 ferry wreck in the Yellow Sea.
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, according to AFP. Yonhap news agency cited prosecutors as saying three officers and one engineer from the capsized ferry Sewol had been taken into police custody, following the arrest at the weekend of the captain and two other crew members.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said Monday that the behaviour of the captain and crew of the ferry that capsized five days ago with 476 people on board was unacceptable and "tantamount to murder", AFP reports.
Divers retrieved the first bodies Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace and focus of the rescue efforts scuffled with police.
South Korean prosecutors investigating last week's ferry disaster said on Sunday they wanted to extend the detention of the captain and two other crew by 10 days as they try to determine the cause of an accident that likely claimed more than 300 lives.
A South Korean coastguard ship carries to shore more bodies from the capsized ferry - and the end of hope for waiting relatives. By Sunday the number of confirmed dead had risen to at least 49.
Divers on Sunday recovered 10 more bodies from the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, the coastguard said.
Divers have removed the first bodies from the South Korean ferry that capsized nearly four days ago with 476 people on board, the coastguard said Sunday. "Divers broke through the window of a passenger cabin just before midnight and pulled out three bodies," a coastguard official was reported as saying.
The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred. The number of confirmed dead rose to 32 when three bodies were found in the murky water near the ferry, said coast guard spokesman Kim Jae-in.
The causes may be very different and the death toll far heavier, but Italian media have pointed to similarities between the ferry disaster of the Sewol in South Korea and the Costa Concordia cruise ship crash back in 2012.
South Korean divers saw on Saturday three bodies inside the hull of a ferrry that capsized three days ago as they resumed a search and rescue operation for more than 200 people, many of whom teenage students, missing. The ferry that was carrying more than 470 people capsized and listed sharply before sinking on a voyage from the port of Incheon to the resort island of Jeju. Three crew members including the captain have been arrested.