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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.

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.

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.

One Russian, two Chinese among missing in sunken ferry

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- One Russian student and two Chinese people are among hundreds of passengers missing after a South Korean ferry sank off the country's southern coast a day earlier, the foreign ministry and disaster relief authorities said Thursday. The 6,325-ton ferry Sewol capsized Wednesday morning en route to the southern resort island of Jeju from the western port of Incheon. There were reportedly 475 passengers on board, mostly high-school students.

One Russian, two Chinese among missing in sunken ferry

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- One Russian student and two Chinese people are among hundreds of passengers missing after a South Korean ferry sank off the country's southern coast a day earlier, the foreign ministry and disaster relief authorities said Thursday. The 6,325-ton ferry Sewol capsized Wednesday morning en route to the southern resort island of Jeju from the western port of Incheon. There were reportedly 475 passengers on board, mostly high-school students.

Abe offers sympathies over S. Korean ferry sinking

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday expressed his sympathies to the South Korean people involved in a fatal ferry accident the previous day. The Japanese government has offered to provide aid to South Korea following the incident in waters off South Korea's southwest coast that has left at least nine people dead and over 280 missing. "I would like to express my sympathies to those affected and their families," Abe said while delivering a speech at a symposium in Tokyo.

China offers condolences to S. Korea over ferry disaster

BEIJING, April 17 (Yonhap) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi sent his condolences to the victims of a ferry sinking in South Korea that left at least eight dead and about 288 of the 475 people aboard still missing, an official at the South Korean Embassy in Beijing said Thursday. In a statement sent to South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se on Wednesday night, Wang expressed "deep condolences to the victims of the sunken ferry," the official said on the condition of anonymity.

Six dead, 290 missing in S. Korean ferry sinking

JINDO/SEOUL/WASHINGTON, April 17 (Yonhap) -- At least six people were killed, with the fate of 290 others unknown, in the sinking of a South Korean ferry off the country's southwestern coast, officials said early Thursday. As military divers and other rescuers resumed a desperate search for survivors shortly after noon, two more bodies were recovered, the Coast Guard announced. The death toll is feared to soar, as search-and-rescue efforts have been hampered by swift currents, low visibility and low temperature.

Four dead, 284 missing in ferry sinking

SEOUL/JINDO, South Korea, April 16 (Yonhap) -- Military divers searched a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday as the death toll from the accident climbed to four amid fears that many of the 284 people still unaccounted for could be trapped inside. More than 100 Navy, Coast Guard and other vessels and aircraft also scoured the area for the missing in what could be one of the deadliest offshore accidents in South Korea's modern history.
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