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Third officer, not captain, at helm when South Korean ferry capsized: investigator SEOUL: The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry when it capsized on Wednesday with 475 people on board, an investigating prosecutor told a news conference on Friday, and the captain may not even have been on the bridge at the time."He may have been off the bridge ... and the person at the helm at the time was the third officer," the investigator said.Copyright Reuters, 2014 ...

Six killed in Everest avalanche: mountaineering official KATHMANDU: At least six climbers have been killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest early Friday, the president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association told AFP."Rescuers have already retrieved four bodies and they are now trying to pull out two more bodies that are buried under snow," Ang Tshering Sherpa said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking South Korea ferry SEOUL: Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation.Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning."Sending this in case I may not be able to say this again. Mom, ...
Japan's Abe dubs China vital economic partner amid territorial disputes TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe criticised Beijing for trying to "change the status quo" with force in maritime disputes but said China was a vital economic partner, as a series of visits suggested a possible thaw in ties between the Asian rivals. Sino-Japanese ties have been strained by a territorial row over tiny disputed isles in the East China Sea and perceptions in Beijing that Abe wants to rewrite Japan's wartime history and tone ...
William and Kate tour town ravaged by bushfires WINMALEE: Survivors of last year's devastating Australian bushfires met with Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate on Thursday as the royal couple visited the Blue Mountains.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are on a three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand with their baby son George, met some who lost everything in the fires which destroyed more than 200 homes."For them to come out all this way to say hello and say, 'I'm ...
Malaysian lawmaker who defended Anwar killed in car crash KUALA LUMPUR: A leading Malaysian politician who gained fame defending opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in his sensational sodomy trials was killed in an early morning road accident Thursday, police said.Karpal Singh, 73, was killed along with a longtime assistant when his vehicle struck a slower-moving lorry on a highway in the northern state of Perak, state police chief Acryl Sani Abdullah said.Anwar wrote on his Facebook page: "We've lost a colleague. An indefatigable fighter for ...
Grieving South Korean parents consumed by agony and anger JINDO: The pin-drop silence as the student's name was read out was broken by a piercing scream of anguished recognition as her shattered parents clutched each other in the cold, harbour gymnasium.The announcement of the sixth confirmed victim from the sinking of a South Korean ferry carrying hundreds of high school students came after a night-long vigil for relatives who had travelled to the southern island of Jindo to be near the rescue effort.The gymnasium ...

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