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Friday, April 18, 2014
278 still missing in ferry accident
Rescuers worked frantically Thursday to find around 300 people -- mostly schoolchildren -- missing after a South Korean ferry capsized, with prospects of pulling survivors from the submerged vessel dimming as emotions boiled over among anguished relatives.
 > Korea
South Korean President Park Geun-hye faced Thursday the angry parents of hundreds of children missing in a ferry disaster, holding an impromptu and at times very tense meeting in an island gymnasium.
 > Korea
Taiwan -- Tsai registers for DPP chair election, urges generational shift
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson candidate Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday listed a generation-shift within the party as her chief political promise if she were to win the chairperson elections once more.
Russian President Vladimir Putin left the door open to intervening in Ukraine Thursday in a thinly veiled threat that coincided with the opening of crunch Geneva talks on the escalating crisis.
 > Europe
Taiwan -- China pact protest may create doubt for trading partners: ex-AIT head
The recent upheaval in Taiwan over the trade-in-services agreement with China could sow doubts among Taiwan's trade partners, a former head of U.S. policy toward Taiwan cautioned Wednesday.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking
Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.
 > Korea
NATO ups military presence amid Russian threat
NATO is strengthening its military footprint along its eastern border immediately in response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine, the alliance's chief said Wednesday.
 > Europe
283 missing in S. Korea ferry disaster
A ferry carrying roughly 460 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
 > Korea
U.S. home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.
Beijing reiterated its insistence yesterday that a service trade agreement with Taiwan be kept intact and implemented as is amid widespread opposition to the pact in Taiwan and suggestions that parts of it be renegotiated.
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The Supreme Court yesterday finalized former Navy Captain Kuo Li-heng's (郭力恆) verdict, ruling that Kuo should serve 15 years in prison, pay a fine of NT$200 million and return NT$10.4 billion in illegal income to the country over the procurement of Lafayette-class frigates from France in the 1990s.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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