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Search for ship sunk off South Korea finds no trace of crew SEOUL: An overnight search for a cargo ship carrying 16 North Korean crew that sank off South Korea killing at least two failed to find any signs of survivors or debris, officials said Saturday.The 4,300-tonne Mongolian-flagged ship sent out a distress call from international waters off South Korea's southern island of Geomun shortly after 1:00 am Friday (1400 GMT Thursday).The bodies of two North Korean sailors were recovered Friday and three other crew were rescued, with 11 people still missing mid-morning Saturday.Eleven South Korean ships equipped with floodlights and night vision devices scoured the site overnight but found no traces of the boat or crew members, the South's coastguard said in a statement.The coastguard resumed the search Saturday, mobilizing 12 vessels and seven aircraft to hunt for possible survivors.The boat, carrying a cargo of iron ore and copper powder, had been sailing from North Korea to China on a sea ...

Five dead as landslide derails Indonesian train JAKARTA: A landslide triggered by heavy rain derailed a train as it travelled through Indonesia's main island of Java on Friday, leaving five people dead, an official said. There were about 250 passengers on the train as it travelled from the city of Bandung in the west of Java to Malang in the east. The land slipped away from under the tracks as the train was passing through the city of Tasikmalaya at 6:30 pm ...
Philippines pledges restraint in China sea row MANILA: The Philippines pledged to act with restraint on Friday a week after China tried to block a boat ferrying supplies to Filipino troops on a disputed reef in the South China Sea."(The) Philippines makes clear that it will continue to exercise self-restraint and will not raise tension in the South China Sea," Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said.He issued the statement after a week of diplomatic wrangling following a Philippine boat's delivery of food, ...
Australia eyes Cambodia as asylum-seeker host SYDNEY: Australia's Immigration Minister Scott Morrison made an unannounced visit to Cambodia on Friday, raising speculation that Phnom Penh will join Papua New Guinea and Nauru in helping resettle asylum-seekers.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said talks between Morrison and Cambodian officials represented the countries "staying in touch" as partners against people-smuggling."Whether Cambodia were to accept people is really a matter for Cambodia, but the point is people-smuggling is a regional problem," he told reporters."It needs to ...
South Korea tests missile bringing entire North in range SEOUL: South Korea said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-tonne payload to any part of North Korea.The launch was carried out March 23, just two days before North Korea test fired two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan.The announcement of the test is likely to fuel the current tensions on the Korean peninsula which saw the two rivals fire hundreds of live shells into each other's ...
Singapore proposes regional crisis center HONOLULU: Singapore has proposed hosting a regional crisis command center that would help coordinate governments' efforts after major natural disasters, the city-state's defence minister said Thursday."We were obviously struck over the last decade by how many disasters there were" in the region, said Ng Eng Hen, citing earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons that have cut a swathe of destruction from the Philippines to Japan. "We recognized in the first critical 24, 48 hours, it is actually ...
China toddler started fire which killed 12: Xinhua BEIJING: Investigators in China have accused a three-year-old girl of playing with a cigarette lighter and starting a workshop fire which killed 12 people, state media reported."Many others" were injured in the blaze at a clothing workshop in Junbu in the southern province of Guangdong last week, the official Xinhua news agency said late Wednesday.The workshop owner's toddler ignited a stack of sponges while playing with a lighter, the report said, citing local investigators.The owner ...

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