Thousands of South Koreans protest government labor policies

May 2, 2015

Thousands of South Koreans protest government labor policies

South Korean police said Saturday that they detained 40 people when protests over government labor policies and the handling of a year-old ferry disaster spiraled into violence late Friday. Thousands of demonstrators, many of them carrying banners and wearing yellow jackets, the color identified ...

Russia's space cargo capsule declared total loss

Apr 30, 2015

Russia's space cargo capsule declared total loss

A Russian supply capsule that went into an uncontrollable spin after launch was declared a total loss Wednesday, but astronauts at the International Space Station said they will get by without the delivery of fresh food, water, clothes and equipment. “We should be OK,” ...

Apr 29, 2015

Forest fire rages near Chernobyl nuclear site

A forest fire broke out Tuesday near the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine, scene of the world’s worst civil nuclear disaster in 1986, but posed no danger to the site, officials said. “The fire is at a distance of 15 to 20 kilometers from Chernobyl,” ...

Apr 29, 2015

Worker dies in Thai pet food meat grinder

A migrant worker from Myanmar was killed after he slipped into a meat grinder at a pet food factory in Thailand, police said Wednesday. The man, who police identified as 37-year-old Zaw May Zir, died on Monday evening at a factory in southeastern Chonburi ...

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

Apr 28, 2015

Captain of doomed South Korean ferry sentenced to life in prison

The South Korean ferry captain responsible for last year’s disaster that killed more than 300 people, mostly schoolchildren, was given an increased sentence of life in prison Tuesday by an appellate court that convicted him of homicide. A district court in November had sentenced ...

Sewol salvage plan will be costly, risky

Apr 26, 2015

Sewol salvage plan will be costly, risky

Salvaging the corroded 6,800-ton ferry Sewol from deep beneath a channel notorious for dangerous currents will be difficult, expensive and potentially risky. It will also be one more major headache for a government accused of partial responsibility, due to incompetence and corruption, for the ...

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

Apr 23, 2015

Tour bus crashes in Kumamoto, injuring 20 South Koreans

A tourist bus slammed into a tree along the road in Kumamoto Prefecture, injuring 20 South Korean passengers on board, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening and the passengers all remained conscious, they added. The police said the bus had been driving on ...