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Mad Ferry Parents Maul Coast Guard Officer

Prosecutors blame disaster on cargo and extra cabins

(Newser) - Furious South Korean parents today broke into the command center for rescue operations of the ferry that capsized in last week's tragedy, the New York Times reports. As scores of family members pushed inside, mothers attacked a Coast Guard officer in charge and blamed him for letting students be... More »

Wrenching Ferry Find: Boy, Girl Bound By Life Vests

Slow recovery of victims continues in South Korea

(Newser) - As the slow recovery of bodies from the sunken ferry in South Korea continues, Reuters has this sad dispatch: A diver searching the vessel came across the bodies of a boy and girl who had tied their life vests together. "I started to cry thinking that they didn't... More »

Hope Looks Lost in Ferry Search

No air pockets found as toll rises to 156

(Newser) - Hope for more survivors in the South Korea ferry disaster is fading after divers were unable to find air pockets on the ship's third and fourth floors; that's where they believed passengers might have been, CNN reports. Authorities have now recovered 156 bodies, and hundreds of people gathered... More »

Survivors: There Were Heroes Among Ferry Crew

As death toll passes 100

(Newser) - Members of the sunken South Korean ferry's crew have been likened to "murderers," and two more were detained today, the BBC reports. But some of them, the AP notes, were actually heroes, survivors say. Four gave up their life jackets for passengers amid a shortage; others broke... More »

North Korea Ups Activity at Nuke Site, Says South

Obama set to visit South Korea Friday

(Newser) - North Korea is boosting "activities" at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site, South Korea says, though Seoul is keeping details classified. The South says it's "currently detecting a lot of activity in and around the Punggye-ri nuclear test site," and is tracking the situation as it ensures... More »

Ferry Toll Hits 87 as Tragic Story Takes Shape

Inexperienced crewmember in charge of steering

(Newser) - At least 87 people have died in South Korea's ferry disaster , leaving 215 still missing; the tragedy has prompted South Korean president to call the actions of the captain and some of the crew "akin to murder," CNN reports. The crew "told the passengers to stay... More »

Transcript: Ferry So Listed Escape Was 'Impossible'

As death toll pushes to 58

(Newser) - With 58 people now dead and 244 still missing in the South Korean ferry sinking, CNN picks up a transcript of a conversation between a crewmember of the doomed ship and the Jindo Vehicle Traffic Service. As the Sewol sank, the crew radioed: "Our ship is listing and may... More »

3 More Bodies Raise Ferry Death Toll to 32

Relatives start giving DNA swabs to help identify victims

(Newser) - South Korean coast guard officials say they've found three more bodies from the capsized ferry, raising the death toll to 32. The latest were recovered today, three days after the ferry sank. The vessel is now completely submerged, and relatives have begun giving DNA swabs to help identify bodies... More »

Captain Charged; Teacher's Suicide Note Is Wrenching

'Spread my ashes over the ship sinking site'

(Newser) - The captain of the capsized South Korean ferry is in custody and charged with five offenses that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, reports CNN . The charges against 69-year-old Lee Joon-seok boil down to negligence, both leading up to the accident and after it. "... More »

Arrest Warrant Issued for Doomed Ferry's Captain

Investigators say he wasn't at helm when accident occurred

(Newser) - This might better explain why the captain of the South Korean ferry that capsized has been so reluctant to face the public: Investigators say he wasn't at the helm when the ship ran into trouble, report the BBC and Reuters . "He may have been off the bridge,"... More »

School VP Rescued From Ferry Found Hanged

He apparently killed himself, was found hanging from tree

(Newser) - A high school vice principal who was aboard the doomed South Korean ferry with more than 300 students from his school was one of the first to be rescued—but today he was found dead. Kang Min Kyu, 52, apparently hanged himself from a tree, using a belt, CNN reports.... More »

Report: Just One Lifeboat Deployed as Ferry Sank

287 passengers still missing

(Newser) - The doomed South Korean ferry had 46 lifeboats, but according to a report from CNN's South Korean affiliate YTN, just one was deployed as the ferry sank yesterday. CNN has not independently confirmed the report, though video from another network shows at least 12 survival capsules, which house the... More »

Text From Passenger on Ferry: 'Dad, Don't Worry'

Search continues with 290 missing

(Newser) - With angry, grieving relatives looking on from shore, South Korean divers continued to search for any sign of the roughly 290 people still missing from yesterday's ferry sinking , reports Reuters . Of the 475 people on board—most of them teenagers—179 were rescued and six have been confirmed dead.... More »

Scores May Be Trapped Inside Sunken Ferry in S. Korea

Most passengers were high school students

(Newser) - At least four people are confirmed dead and nearly 300 are missing after a passenger ferry carrying 476 people—including more than 300 high school students and their teachers—sank off South Korea's coast this morning, reports Yonhap . Divers, helicopters, and dozens of boats scrambled to pluck people from... More »

Smelly Fish a Big Hit on S. Korean Menus

Ammonia scent, or worse, doesn't deter fans of skate

(Newser) - The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies is regularly compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. And that's by fans. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a cartilage-rich fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a... More »

S. Korea Tests Missile That Threatens Most of North

Meanwhile, photos of president's home found on drones

(Newser) - South Korea has successfully test-fired a new missile capable of striking targets up to 310 miles away, which just happens to be far enough to strike almost anywhere in North Korea, officials revealed today. The test occurred last week, just one day after North Korea had its own tension-raising test... More »

S. Korea Finds North's Crashed 'Toy' Drones

But the 'rudimentary aircraft' can still 'find a blind spot': experts

(Newser) - A pair of crashed drones found in South Korea came from the North, Seoul officials say, and they weren't exactly state-of-the-art, with one defense expert telling the Wall Street Journal that they "both look like rudimentary model aircraft." Both drones turned up near the countries' border. One... More »

North, South Korea Exchange Fire

Shells fired across maritime boundary

(Newser) - North and South Korea fired some 800 artillery shells into each other's waters today, in a flare-up of animosity that began with a ... fax. Yonhap reports that the North sent a fax to South Korea's Second Fleet headquarters at 8am local time alerting the nation of its intention... More »

North Korea Threatens 'New Form' of Nuke Test

And accuses the UN of hypocrisy over ballistic-missile testing

(Newser) - Having tried out mid-range ballistic missiles in recent weeks, North Korea said today it may conduct a "new form" of nuclear test, the New York Times reports. Pyongyang officials didn't clarify, but the US and its allies have long thought North Korea wants to build small, sophisticated nuclear... More »

S. Korea Returns Soldiers' Remains to China After 60 Years

But soldiers from the North are still there

(Newser) - The last of the Chinese soldiers who helped North Korea avoid defeat in the Korean War six decades ago have finally gone home. South Korea today repatriated the remains of 437 soldiers from China who have been in the so-called "enemy cemetery" near the city of Paju all these... More »

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