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Devastated family cling to teenager's 'I'll make it' vow JINDO: In a last terrified, tearful call to his elder sister, 16-year-old Kim Dong-Hyup promised to get off the sinking ferry alive.Four days later, his family still can't accept the missing high school student may never come home.Even as divers began retrieving bodies from the submerged ferry that capsized and sank on Wednesday morning, Kim's father refused to give up hope."He's always been such a strong-willed boy. I really believe he'll make it somehow," Kim Chang-Gu, 46, told AFP."When he comes back home, I'll buy him a lot of chicken. Chicken is his favourite. When he left for the trip, I bought him two chickens but he couldn't finish them off," Kim said.The teenager was one of 352 students from Danwon High School in Ansan city, just south of Seoul, who were on the ferry bound for the popular holiday island of Jeju.The precise cause of the disaster is still ...

Bangladesh opposition chief asks top court to halt trial DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia was set Sunday to launch a last-ditch legal bid to avoid standing trial for corruption, a case she says would destroy her already weakened centre-right party.The two-time former premier had been expected to go on trial from Monday, after being indicted last month on charges she and associates embezzled more than $650,000, accusations that could see her jailed for life.Zia's lawyers have called the charges politically motivated, aimed at ...

Easter war of words breaks out between Ukraine, Russia KIEV: Politics overshadowed Easter observances in Kiev and Moscow late Saturday, with the Orthodox religious leaders in each capital trading barbs over the crisis in Ukraine while the US reportedly prepared to send ground forces to neighbouring Poland.Patriarch Filaret thundered to the faithful in pro-West Kiev that Russia was an "enemy" whose "attack" on Ukraine was doomed to failure because it was evil and contrary to God's will.In Moscow, the patriarch of the Russian Church, ...

Ukraine in 'pivotal period' as deal stalls, US warns Russia DONETSK: Russia was under US pressure on Saturday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to cease occupying eastern towns, after Washington warned the situation in the former Soviet republic was in a "pivotal period".But with the separatists' refusal to budge throwing a deal to defuse the crisis into doubt, and US sanctions looming large, Russia warned that its military was massed on Ukraine's border, ready to act.In the nearly dozen Ukrainian towns the pro-Kremlin rebels ...

International judicial conference concludes after formulating recommendations ISLAMABAD: The two-day International Judicial Conference concluded on Saturday evening after formulating a number of recommendations.In his concluding remarks, Chief Justice of Pakistan Tassaduq Hussain Jillani said protection of basic rights of the people, will be ensured.He said people's confidence in judiciary has increased. He said in respect of the Judicial Review of Administrative Actions, it is hereby declared that Judiciary, not only in Pakistan but all over the world, particularly in developing countries, strives ...

Musharraf flies to Karachi for medical tests: aides ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf flew to Karachi on Saturday to undergo medical tests, according to close aides, two days before he is due to appear in court in Islamabad.It is the first time that the former president, who will be staying with his daughter in Karachi, has left Islamabad after being indicted in a high treason case by a special court last month.Musharraf is due to appear in court in person in Islamabad ...


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