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Watchdog presses Hana Bank head to resign

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean financial watchdog made public on Tuesday the suspected wrongdoings of the chief of Hana Bank, pressuring him to resign after his surprise announcement that he will serve out his term until next year. The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) reprimanded Hana Bank President Kim Jong-jun last week, banning him from working at financial institutions for up to five years, effectively forcing him into retirement.

One more crew member detained over sunken ferry

JINDO, South Korea, April 22 (Yonhap) -- One more sailor of the sunken ferry Sewol was put under arrest Tuesday, bringing to five the total number of the ill-fated vessel's staffers charged with not fulfilling their duty to safely evacuate passengers, officials said. A joint investigation team of police and prosecutors alleged that a 58-year-old first mate surnamed Sohn, who attempted to kill himself a day earlier amid the ongoing investigation, had neglected his duty.

Watchdog presses Hana Bank head to resign

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean financial watchdog is about to make public the suspected wrongdoings of the chief of Hana Bank, pressuring him to resign after his surprise announcement that he will serve out his term until next year, officials said Tuesday. The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) reprimanded Hana Bank President Kim Jong-jun last week, banning him from working at financial institutions for up to five years, effectively forcing him into retirement.

Arrest warrants issued for 4 crew members over sunken ferry

JINDO, South Korea, April 22 (Yonhap) -- A court issued warrants to formally arrest four crew members of a doomed ferry, a court official said Tuesday, as prosecutors and police widened their probe into one of South Korea's worst maritime disasters. Park Jong-hwan, a judge at the Mokpo branch of Gwangju District Court, said the four -- two first mates, one second mate and a chief engineer of the sunken ferry Sewol -- should be held in custody, citing the possibility that they could be a flight risk or destroy evidence.

One more crew member detained over sunken ferry

JINDO, South Korea, April 22 (Yonhap) -- One more sailor of the sunken ferry Sewol was put under arrest Tuesday, bringing to five the total number of the ill-fated vessel's staffers charged with not fulfilling their duty to safely evacuate passengers, officials said. A joint investigation team of police and prosecutors alleged that a 58-year-old first mate surnamed Sohn, who attempted to kill himself a day earlier amid the ongoing investigation, had neglected his duty.

One more crew member detained over sunken ferry

JINDO, South Korea, April 22 (Yonhap) -- One more sailor of the sunken ferry Sewol was put under arrest Tuesday, bringing to five the total number of the ill-fated vessel's staffers charged with not fulfilling their duty to safely evacuate passengers, officials said. A joint investigation team of police and prosecutors alleged that a 58-year-old first mate surnamed Sohn, who attempted to kill himself a day earlier amid the ongoing investigation, had neglected his duty.

Afghan campaign worker shot dead outside his home; Taliban deny attack

KABUL - A prominent campaign worker in Afghanistan's presidential election was shot dead outside his home in the country's east, officials said Tuesday. The Taliban denied they were involved in the killing. Campaign worker Esmatullah, who like many Afghan men uses only one name, was returning home from visiting a friend on Monday afternoon when unknown gunmen opened fire outside his house in Logar province, provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwish said.

Japan gov't starts releasing minutes of Cabinet meetings

The Japanese government has started releasing minutes of the Cabinet's official and unofficial meetings for the first time, beginning with the minutes of meetings on April 1. The minutes, including date, place, the name of participants and their statements, were posted on the website of the prime minister's office at noon Tuesday. Cabinet minutes are being compiled based on memos written by the deputy chief Cabinet secretary, head of the Cabinet Legislation Bureau and other senior officials in attendance.

Separatist aggression nullifies Ukraine deal: acting president

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov said Tuesday that the seizure of another state building by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine had effectively torn up an international deal to end the crisis in the country. The separatist capture of a police station in the town of Kramatorsk "put a cross through all the agreements reached in Geneva," Turchynov told US Vice President Joe Biden during a meeting, a statement from the presidency said. neo-del/gd

Biden pledges support for Ukraine's pro-Western leaders

Vice President Joe Biden said the United States stood by Ukraine's new pro-Western leaders Tuesday in the face of "humiliating threats" as Washington and Moscow traded blame over the crisis in the ex-Soviet country. "You face very daunting problems, and some might say, humiliating threats," Biden told a group of lawmakers in a meeting at Ukraine's parliament. The US would "stand with" Ukraine ahead of a presidential poll scheduled for May 25 that "may be the most important election in Ukrainian history," he said.
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