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South Korea arrests captain of sunken ferry

Lee Joon-Seok faces five charges, including negligence of duty and violation of maritime lawThe captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago, leaving 28 people confirmed dead and 268 missing, was arrested early on Saturday, Yonhap news agency reported.

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China sentences anti-corruption activists

China has sentenced four activists to jail for up to three-and-a-half years for urging officials to reveal their assets, a lawyer has said, the latest convictions in a crackdown on dissent that has drawn international criticism.

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#Japan cuts #whaling targets after UN ruling

Japan has said it will scale down the number of whales it targets during the Pacific Ocean hunt starting next week, as well as limit next season's Antarctic whaling to observation, after a United Nations court said Tokyo's whaling in the Southern Ocean was a commercial activity disguised as science.

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S Korea prosecutors seek ferry captain arrest

details emerge that captain was not at the helm when ferry capsizedProsecutors in South Korea are requesting an arrest warrant for the captain of a ferry that sank two days ago.

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South Korea ferry tragedy death toll rises

Strong tides and murky waters are hampering search for more than 270 peopleThe death toll from a capsized South Korean passenger ferry rose to 25 as parents of missing schoolchildren blamed the ship's captain for the tragedy after he and shipping company officials made emotional apologies for the loss of life.

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Journalists charged with defaming Thai navy

Thai authorities have charged two journalists with defaming the country's navy in an online news report about the trafficking of refugees from Myanmar, amid concerns about press freedom.

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Captain apologises for S Korea ferry disaster

Statement comes as hunt for hundreds of missing passengers continuesThe captain of a sunken South Korean ferry has apologised to families of the victims and those missing a day after the country's biggest maritime disaster.

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S Korean rescuers hunt for ferry survivors

Relatives of hundreds of people missing in a ferry sinking in South Korea are demanding answers about their loved-ones, as rescuers continued to scour the wreckage for signs of life.

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Hundreds missing after South Korea ship sinks

A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, has sunk off South Korea's southern coast, leaving nearly 300 people missing.

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#Japan politicians defiant despite #whaling ban

A Japanese parliamentary committee has unanimously passed a resolution urging the government to investigate all options to continue whaling, including "walking out of the (international whaling) convention".

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