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Jeonbuk advances, Ulsan crashes in AFC Champions League

SEOUL, April 23 (Yonhap) -- Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Ulsan Hyundai met contrasting fates at the AFC Champions League this week, with only Jeonbuk moving on to the knockout stage at the top Asian club football competition. Jeonbuk played Melbourne Victory of Australia to a scoreless draw on Tuesday at Jeonju World Cup Stadium, about 240 kilometers south of Seoul. The result secured Jeonbuk a second place in Group G with two wins, two losses and two draws, good enough to reach the round of 16.

Seoul vows support for families of foreign victims of ferry sinking

SEOUL, April 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Tuesday it will extend utmost support to foreigners planning to enter the country for the remains of their loved ones killed in last week's deadly ferry sinking. The 6,825-ton ferry Sewol sank in waters off South Korea's southwestern island of Jindo on Wednesday due to what is believed to have been a faster than usual turn. Of 476 passengers on board, 108 have been confirmed dead, with 194 others still missing.

'Do you mean teacher?' asks boy on South Korean ferry as rescuers seek captain

MOKPO/SEOUL (Reuters) - The first alarm from a sinking South Korean ferry was raised in a phone call from a child on board to a fire station at 8.52 a.m. on the morning the boat capsized, three minutes after the vessel made its fateful last turn. That call was forwarded to the coastguard two minutes later and was followed by about 20 others to the fire brigade, a fire station officer told Reuters.

Death toll in Korea ferry disaster crosses 100

The confirmed death toll from South Korea's ferry disaster crossed 100 Tuesday, as dive teams, under growing pressure from bereaved relatives, accelerated the grim task of recovering hundreds more bodies from the submerged vessel. Improved weather conditions and calm seas spurred their efforts, but underwater visibility was still very poor, requiring divers to grope their way blindly though the corridors and cabins of the ferry that capsized and sank last Wednesday.

S. Korea prosecutors turn to mobile app for ferry probe

Prosecutors probing South Korea's ferry disaster have turned to a popular mobile chat service to reconstruct the final moments of hundreds feared to have perished on board the sinking ship. The 6,825-tonne ferry carrying 447 passengers -- mostly high school students on a holiday trip -- sank off the country's southwest Wednesday, leaving 64 dead and 238 still missing. Survivors say crew members instructed them to stay put while the ship continued to list dramatically, delaying an evacuation operation that could have saved many lives.

S. Korea prosecutors turn to mobile app for ferry probe

Prosecutors probing South Korea's ferry disaster have turned to a popular mobile chat service to reconstruct the final moments of hundreds feared to have perished on board the sinking ship. The 6,825-tonne ferry carrying 447 passengers -- mostly high school students on a holiday trip -- sank off the country's southwest Wednesday, leaving 64 dead and 238 still missing. Survivors say crew members instructed them to stay put while the ship continued to list dramatically, delaying an evacuation operation that could have saved many lives.

Three S. Korean clubs look to reach knockout stage in AFC Champions League

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- Three of the four South Korean football clubs in the AFC Champions League will seek to book their spots in the knockout stage in final group stage matches this week. With Pohang Steelers having already secured a spot in the round of 16 of the top Asian club competition, Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai will try to join their fellow K League Classic club.

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.

Obama says his heart aches over Korean ferry tragedy

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 17 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Thursday his heart aches to see South Koreans suffer a tragic ferry accident that left nearly 300 people dead or missing. He pledged Washington's full support for the ongoing search-and-rescue efforts, stressing South Korea is one of America's closest friends.

China 'deeply saddened' by ferry disaster in S. Korea

BEIJING, April 17 (Yonhap) -- China said Thursday it is "deeply saddened" by the ferry sinking in South Korea that has left at least nine dead and about 287 of the some 475 people aboard still missing. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed his "deep sympathy" to those affected in a message to South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Wednesday night, China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters during a regular press briefing. "China is ready to provide search-and-rescue assistance to South Korea if needed," Hua said.
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