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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.
278 still missing in ferry accident

 

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.
 

Veteran Malaysian opposition lawmaker and lawyer Karpal Singh, a tireless defender of human rights activists and death row prisoners who was himself detained without trial for more than a year under a security law, died early Thursday in a road accident. He was 73.
Veteran Malaysia lawmaker Karpal Singh dies in accident

 

The number of asylum-seekers registering in Indonesia has fallen from around 100 a day to 100 a week in recent months, the U.N. said Thursday, as Australia implemented hard-line policies aimed at deterring boatpeople.
 

An Australian naval captain has been relieved of his command after his vessel was involved in an incursion into Indonesian waters while on border protection duty, the defense ministry said Thursday.
 

Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation.
 

Two journalists, including an Australian editor, were ordered Thursday to stand trial in Thailand on defamation charges linked to a Pulitzer Prize-winning article alleging Thai military involvement in people smuggling.
 

For the first time in the country, electronic share trading began on Tuesday, with two stockbroker companies — Kalika Securities and Trishakti Securities — carrying out trading of 30 units of dematerialized shares of Agriculture Development Bank.
 

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.
Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

 

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.
283 missing in S. Korea ferry disaster

 
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