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Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 5:23PM UTC South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard the sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Thursday. Pic: AP.

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — A transcript released Sunday of communications with the South Korean ferry that sank details crippling confusion and indecision, with a crew member questioning whether an evacuation was the right move well after the ship began listing dangerously.

Japan minister visits shrine honoring war criminals

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 1:13PM UTC Keiji Furuya. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese Cabinet minister has visited a Tokyo shrine that honors the dead including war criminals in what has repeatedly caused friction with Japan’s neighbors. Lawmaker Keiji Furuya, who chairs the National Public Safety Commission, said on his website that he paid respects Sunday morning at the Yasukuni shrine ahead of a festival that starts Monday.

Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:49PM UTC US President Barack Obama. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to Asia, where countries are keeping a close watch on the crisis in Ukraine amid territorial tensions with China. Obama leaves Washington on Tuesday and is set to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.

56 dead, hundreds still missing in South Korea ferry tragedy

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:40PM UTC South Korean Coast Guard officers search for missing passengers aboard the sunken ferry in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Thursday. Pic: AP.

A passenger ferry capsized and sank of the coast of South Korea today with more than 470 passengers on board. So far 2 casualties have been confirmed, 180 people have been rescued, and at least 290 people people are still missing.

10 more bodies found inside South Korean ferry

By Sun, Apr 20, 2014 12:24PM UTC The bodies of passengers aboard the Sewol ferry are carried by rescue workers upon their arrival at a port in Jindo, Sunday. Pic: AP.

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Divers have recovered 10 more bodies from inside the ferry that sank off South Korea. The confirmed death toll is now 46. Officials said Sunday the bodies were recovered following divers gaining access to the inside of the ferry after three days of failed attempts due to strong currents. Details of how they got inside the ship weren’t immediately clear.

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