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Divers struggle in search for Korean ferry survivors

Rescuers struggled with strong waves and murky waters on Thursday as they searched for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after the South Korean ferry Sewol capsized 36 hours ago. Coast guard, navy and private divers scoured the site of the accident, about ...

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

Apr 18, 2014

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against “a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world,” and he told reporters that most council ...

Apr 17, 2014

Sri Lankans hunt for president's macaws

Four macaws belonging to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa have escaped his tightly guarded residence in Colombo, his office said Wednesday, appealing for help in tracing the birds. “The president is very fond of these birds,” an official in his office said. The macaws ...

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry sinking

Apr 17, 2014

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry sinking

South Korean coast guard and navy divers resumed searching on Thursday for about 290 people still missing, many of them students from the same high school, after a ferry capsized in sight of land. Grieving family members gathered on the quay of the coastal ...

Four dead, 291 missing in South Korea ferry sinking

Apr 16, 2014

Four dead, 291 missing in South Korea ferry sinking

South Korean rescuers, including elite navy SEAL divers, worked frantically under floodlights Wednesday to find nearly 300 people missing after a ferry sank with 459 on board, mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Lee Gyeong-og, the vice minister of security and ...

Apr 16, 2014

Chinese take 'ugly' mantle as tourists

The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand’s top universities is undergoing a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes ...

Apr 16, 2014

Beijing says pollution from outside

About a third of the air pollution in China’s smog-hit capital comes from outside the city, official media reported Wednesday, citing a watchdog body. Chen Tian, chief of the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau, said that about 28-36 percent of hazardous airborne particles known as ...