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S. Korea in grief-stricken limbo over ferry tragedy

Stunned by a ferry disaster involving hundreds of missing schoolchildren, South Korea has gone into shocked limbo with political campaigns suspended, TV shows and concerts cancelled and vigils held to register grief at the unfolding tragedy. The 6,825-tonne ferry carrying 475 people, mostly high school students on a school trip, sank off the country's southwest on Wednesday. Nearly 30 bodies have been recovered and more than 260 people are still missing with search efforts making little progress.

Pittsburgh Pirates - TeamReport

MLB Team Report - Pittsburgh Pirates - INSIDE PITCH PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Jose Tabata passed all concussion protocols Thursday and was cleared to play, a day after slamming into the scoreboard at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati while making a catch against the Reds.

'X-men' filmmaker slams 'fabricated' sex attack claims

A lawyer for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer dismissed as "fabricated" and absurd claims Thursday that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor. The lawyer also pledged to counter-sue the 31-year-old alleged victim, who gave details of his allegations dating from 15 years ago at a Beverly Hills press conference. Flanked by his own attorney, Michael Egan III said the blockbuster director forced him to have sex at parties in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, when he was 17 years old.

S. Korea holds send-off ceremony for U.N. mission to South Sudan

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean Army on Friday held a send-off ceremony for 290 troops to be deployed to South Sudan to help the newly independent African nation's rebuilding efforts, the Army said. The Korean contingent, consisting mostly of engineers and some medics, will be dispatched later this month to serve United Nations Missions in South Sudan. The unit will be stationed in the town of Bor, some 170 kilometers north of the capital Juba.

Hate-group watchdog links supremacist site to murders

Nearly 100 murders around the world in the last five years can be traced back to users of the biggest white supremacist forum on the Internet, a hate-group watchdog said Thursday. The majority of those killings were committed by Anders Behring Breivik, the Norwegian extremist best known for the massacre of 69 people, most of them teenagers, at a summer camp outside Oslo in 2011.

US city flushes reservoir after man urinates in it

The US city of Portland, Oregon, is ditching 38 million gallons of drinking water from a reservoir after a teenager was caught on camera urinating into it, officials said Thursday. The water -- enough to fill nearly 60 Olympic-size swimming pools, according to reports -- will be discarded despite tests finding no evidence of contamination. The 19-year old man, seen with two friends carrying skateboards in the early hours Wednesday, was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the reservoir in southeast Portland shortly after 1:00 am.

Ex BP-employee settles US insider-trading charges related to 2010 Gulf oil spill

WASHINGTON - A former BP employee who was a co-ordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to settle federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement of civil insider-trading charges with Keith Seilhan, saying he agreed to pay $224,118. Seilhan neither admitted nor denied the SEC's allegations but agreed to refrain from future violations of securities laws.

115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap

A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped by Islamist gunmen were now safe, as parents continued a desperate search for more than 100 children still held captive. A defence ministry spokesman, Chris Olukolade, claimed on Wednesday that all but eight of the 129 girls kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok area of Borno state earlier in the week were now safe, citing the school's principal. But the same principal refuted the claim on Thursday.

115 Nigeria schoolgirls still missing after kidnap

A Nigerian school principal on Thursday denied military reports that most of the girls kidnapped by Islamist gunmen were now safe, as parents continued a desperate search for more than 100 children still held captive. A defence ministry spokesman, Chris Olukolade, claimed on Wednesday that all but eight of the 129 girls kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok area of Borno state earlier in the week were now safe, citing the school's principal. But the same principal refuted the claim on Thursday.

'X-men' director accused of sex assault on teen boy

A lawyer for "X-Men" director Bryan Singer dismissed as defamatory Thursday claims that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor. The alleged victim, Michael Egan III, said in a lawsuit that Singer forced him to have sex at parties in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, when he was 17 years old. But Singer's lawyer said the allegations were absurd, and that the timing of their release was designed to generate maximum publicity ahead of the release of the latest "X-Men" movie next month.
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