Doomed Korean ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

Apr 18, 2014

Doomed Korean ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

Investigations into South Korea’s ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it started listing and whether a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers scrambled to find 270 people still missing and ...

Apr 18, 2014

Japan, U.S., S. Korea Begin High-Level Defense Talks

Japan, the United States and South Korea began a two-day meeting of senior defense officials in Washington on Thursday to discuss potential responses North Korea, which has threatened to conduct a new form of nuclear test. The high-level meeting at the U.S. Department of ...

Ferry sinking parallels Concordia

Apr 18, 2014

Ferry sinking parallels Concordia

The sinking of the Sewol ferry off South Korea raises new concerns about ship safety more than two years after the capsizing of the Costa Concordia ocean liner in Italy spurred a global campaign to improve passenger security. As with the Concordia, authorities say ...

Divers struggle in search for Korean ferry survivors

Apr 17, 2014

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 ...

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

Apr 17, 2014

Coast guards share duty, language in border zone

by Shinji Tanaka

Though tensions remain high between Japan and South Korea over territorial and historical issues, the safety of maritime transportation must be maintained irrespective of diplomatic relations, according to a Japan Coast Guard official who monitors maritime communications in the Tsushima Strait. In the strait ...

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

Resolution with Seoul eyed on sex slave issue

Japan and South Korea held a meeting Wednesday regarding the issue of Korean females forced to serve at brothels for the wartime Japanese military. The meeting was part of efforts to improve bilateral relations ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip to the two ...