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South Korean president 'sorry' for ferry disaster SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye apologised Tuesday for her government's failure to combat systemic and regulatory "evils" blamed for the loss of about 300 lives in a ferry disaster.Two days after her prime minister resigned over the tragedy, Park's comments are another attempt to defuse growing public anger about the April 16 sinking of the 6,825-tonne Sewol."I don't know how to apologise for the failure to prevent this accident, and for the insufficient first response," Park said in a statement to her cabinet that was broadcast on national television."I am sorry to the people and heavy-hearted that many precious lives were lost."Park's government has been widely criticised over perceived corruption and lax safety standards that may have led to the disaster, with claims that the ferry was overloaded and that the passenger list was inaccurate and incomplete.Echoing words used by Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won when he fell on his ...

Plane lands safely in Australia after engine fire PERTH: A passenger plane carrying 93 people landed safely at Perth Airport on Tuesday despite an engine fire that erupted shortly after take-off, officials said.No one was hurt during the midair scare on the Cobham Aviation jet bound from Perth for Barrow Island in Western Australia."Shortly after departure there was a fire in the number two engine. The pilot shut it down, the flames were extinguished and the plane returned to Perth," a spokewoman for ...

North Korea holds live-fire drill on maritime border SEOUL: North Korea held a live-fire drill near its maritime border with South Korea on Tuesday, with Seoul vowing a "strong" response if any shells fall on its side of the disputed boundary.A similar exercise a month ago resulted in the two rivals firing hundreds of artillery shells into each other's territorial waters.North Korea had given advance notice of the drill which began around 2:00 pm (0500 GMT), the South Korean defence ministry said."Our military ...

US Supreme Court takes up police searches of cellphones WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court takes up two cases Tuesday about whether police need warrants to search detainees' mobile phones, which have become vast repositories of personal data.The cases could potentially have a major impact on law enforcement in the United States, where about 12 million people are arrested every year and 90 percent of the population owns a cellphone.More than have of those devices are smartphones, which can store vast amounts of personal information, ...

Australia PM flags temporary tax to tackle swelling deficit SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, preparing voters for a tough federal budget this month, on Tuesday flagged the prospect of a temporary income tax levy on higher income workers to help tackle the country's rising deficit.Under the scheme reported by local media, Australians earning more than A$80,000 ($74,100) per year will pay an additional 1 percent in income tax, while those earnings over A$180,000 will pay an extra 2 percent tax for an unspecified, ...

Wifi in the woods? Canada says yes MONTREAL: For those who cannot face social media exile when they head to the cottage, lake or woods, Parks Canada says it will offer wi-fi in some of its spectacular outposts.The federal agency that runs 44 national parks and 160 historic sites -- from the Bay of Fundy on the Atlantic to the Rockies to Baffin island in the Arctic -- wants to appeal to those who may not be able to embrace old-school quiet ...

Search for victims after US tornadoes kill 17 WASHINGTON: A severe storm system threatened tens of millions of people in Mississippi and the US Southeast on Monday, a day after tornadoes killed 17, ripped up homes and flipped cars over in nearby states.A tornado swept through the northern city of Tupelo around 2.30 pm (1930 GMT), the National Weather Service said, adding that a crew was en route to survey the damage.Parts of Alabama were also at high risk of severe storms, with ...


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