Korea

  • South Korea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher 23-04-2014 05:39 PM

    Jindo (South Korea): The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high...
  • Children's corpses in Korean ferry reveal desperate attempts to escape 23-04-2014 04:15 PM

    Mokpo/Seoul: South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing. The divers, with oxygen and communications lines trailing, can only see a...
  • Cries of anguish as South Korea ferry toll reaches 130 23-04-2014 08:50 AM

    Jindo: For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. The families who line up here to view the decomposing bodies have not known for nearly a week whether they should grieve or not. Now...
  • Company that owned ill-fated South Korea ferry has chequered past 23-04-2014 07:13 AM

    Seoul: The company that owned the South Korean ferry which sank last week, killing possibly hundreds of people, sprang out of a shipping to cosmetics empire founded by a businessman who was jailed for fraud and then went bankrupt. The founder of the predecessor company, Yoo Byung-un, once likened his...
  • South Korean ferry death toll reaches 113 22-04-2014 06:36 PM

    Seoul: The toll in last week's South Korean ferry capsize off the country's southwestern coast reached 113 on Tuesday as divers searched intensively inside the submerged hull. So far, 113 people have been confirmed dead, and 189 others are still missing. The number of those rescued has been changed to...
  • South Korea: Death count in ferry sinking crosses 100 22-04-2014 09:47 AM

    One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. Dozens...
  • Search operation on for sunken Korean ferry, 244 people still missing 21-04-2014 10:59 AM

    Search operations continue in the Yellow Sea for any sign of passengers from a sunken South Korean ferry with at least 244 people still missing. The search crews brought more than a dozen bodies to shore on Sunday, bringing the death toll to 58. ...
  • Captain of ill-fated Korean ferry praised safety in promotional video 21-04-2014 09:58 AM

    Jindo: The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was safe - as long as passengers followed the instructions of the crew. The irony is the crew ordered the passengers, mostly...
  • Bodies found floating inside sunken South Korean ferry 19-04-2014 11:55 AM

    Jindo/Mokpo: Angry relatives of more than 200 people, mostly children, missing inside a sunken South Korea ferry demanded authorities act now to raise the vessel and hit out at officials, including the country's president, as hopes of finding survivors faded. Divers saw three bodies floating through a window of a...
  • Sunken South Korean ferry captain arrested on suspicion of negligence 19-04-2014 07:32 AM

    The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said. The disaster three days ago left more...
  • South Korea ferry mishap: Korean teacher's suicide says a lot about public accountability 18-04-2014 04:48 PM

    New Delhi: On April 14, a South Korean ferry carrying more than 470 passengers sank off that country's southwestern shore. Most of the more than 260 passengers still missing and presumed dead are school children. Kang was one of the few who was rescued. The survivors were taken to a...
  • Korea ferry tragedy: Vice principal saved from sinking ship found hanging 18-04-2014 02:34 PM

    Seoul: Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree. The news of the death came on Friday as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of people still missing from the ferry and feared dead. The...
  • Divers enter South Korean ferry in the hunt for survivors 18-04-2014 09:29 AM

    Mokpo/Jindo: A team of eight divers had entered a capsized South Korean ferry on Friday and was searching for survivors, although they were unlikely to find anyone alive from among hundreds still missing more than 48 hours after the vessel began sinking. YTN television said that divers had searched the...
  • South Korea ferry death toll rises to 25, hopes fade for missing 18-04-2014 07:26 AM

    Jindo: The death toll from a capsized South Korean passenger ferry rose to 25 on Friday as parents of missing school children blamed the ship's captain for the tragedy after he and shipping company officials made emotional apologies for the loss of life. Of 475 passengers and crew on the...
  • Fears rise for missing in South Korea ferry sinking 17-04-2014 11:12 AM

    Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search on Thursday for 287 passengers still missing a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea. Nine people, including five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead,...
  • South Korea: 2 dead, 295 missing as ferry sinks 16-04-2014 12:46 PM

    The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people...
  • US sending 2 warships to Japan to counter North Korea 06-04-2014 11:57 AM

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations Sunday, announcing that the US will send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China must better respect its neighbors. In unusually forceful remarks about China, Hagel drew a...
  • Somdev wins, India enter Davis Cup World Group playoffs 06-04-2014 11:44 AM

    Busan: The Indian Davis Cup team entered the World Group playoffs after notching up a historic away triumph over Korea following Somdev Devvarman's win over Yong-Kyu Lim in the reverse singles of the Group I Asia/Oceania second round tie here on Sunday. Somdev prevailed 6-4, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 in the...
  • India clinch doubles match against Korea in Davis Cup tie, lead 2-1 05-04-2014 03:27 PM

    Busan: India stood one win away from securing a berth in the World Group play-offs after Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni defeated Hyung-Taik Lee and Lim Yong-Kyu in the crucial doubles match of their second round Asia/Oceania Group I tie against Korea on Saturday. Bopanna and Myneni prevailed 7-6 (4),...
  • Japan orders military to strike any new North Korea missile launches 05-04-2014 11:48 AM

    Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by North Korea in the coming weeks after Pyongyang fired a Rodong medium-range missile over the sea, a government source said on Saturday. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order...
  • Davis Cup: Somdev wins but Sanam loses as India, Korea share honours on opening day 04-04-2014 03:47 PM

    Busan: Somdev Devvarman had to dig deep into his reservoir of experience to tame a fighting Hyeon Chung but Sanam Singh lost the second singles to Yong-Kyu Lim, leaving India and Korea locked at 1-1 on day one of their second round Asia/Oceania Group I tie on Friday. Somdev was...
  • India aim to seal World Group play-off slot in Davis Cup 03-04-2014 12:06 PM

    Busan: Their second best singles player is missing from the line-up but an upbeat India would fancy their chances against South Korea when the two teams clash here for a Davis Cup World Group play-off berth from Friday. India are without Yuki Bhambri, who was forced out of the tie...
  • I correct 'God's mistake', says South Korean sex change doctor 02-04-2014 04:57 PM

    As Dr. Kim Seok-Kwun begins surgery to create a functioning penis for a Buddhist monk who was born female, he is well aware of the unease his work creates in this deeply conservative country. The devout Protestant known as the "father of South Korean transgender people" once wrestled with similar...
  • South Korea fires shells at North Korean waters after drills 31-03-2014 11:14 AM

    South Korea on Monday returned fire into North Korean waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the rivals' disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean military official said. Residents on a front-line South Korean island said they were evacuated to shelters during the exchange. No...
  • Galaxy S5 launch upstaged by mobile network companies, Samsung 'very puzzled' 28-03-2014 01:55 PM

    Seoul: The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, said it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11. Samsung said in a statement that...
  • All university male students in North Korea are now required by law to get the same goofy haircut as supreme leader Kim Jong Un 27-03-2014 01:23 PM

    It could well be an Onion story. According to various media reports, all university men in North Korea will now have to get the same hairstyle as their Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un. The middle-parted, sides-shaved haircut isn't the greatest thing in fashion right now but the Time Magazine reported...
  • North Korea fires missiles as US, Japan, South Korea leaders meet 26-03-2014 11:20 AM

    North Korea fired missiles into the sea on Wednesday just as US President Barack Obama brought together the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss how to deal with Pyongyang and to thaw chilly ties between Washington's two key Asian allies. The launch of the two medium-range Rodong ballistic...
  • Search for Malaysian jet resumes off Australia after weather improves 26-03-2014 07:48 AM

    Sydney/ Beijing: The search for the Malaysian airliner that disappeared 18 days ago resumed on Wednesday in the southern Indian Ocean, looking for debris that may unlock the mystery of why the plane ended up in frigid seas thousands of miles off course. A dozen aircraft from Australia, the United...
  • North Korea using sophisticated means to avoid UN sanctions: Report 11-03-2014 02:04 PM

    North Korea has developed sophisticated techniques to circumvent UN sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate an illegal trade in weapons, a United Nations report said. It said North Korea was also making use of more complicated financial countermeasures that made the isolated country's purchase of prohibited...
  • Unchanged Indian team for Davis Cup tie against Korea 10-03-2014 08:46 PM

    New Delhi: Top singles player Somdev Devvarman will lead India's challenge in the away Davis Cup tie against Korea next month as the AITA national selection committee on Monday named an unchanged side. The four-member team, which pipped Chinese Taipei 5-0 in the first round, has been retained. Yuki Bhambri,...