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Captain of capsized South Korean ferry arrested: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized, leaving 29 people dead and 274 others missing, was arrested on Saturday, the country's Yonhap news agency said. Yonhap said Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, faced five charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law.

U.S. to exchange liaison officers with S. Korea for survivor search

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government will exchange liaison officials with South Korea for better communications in a joint search for the survivors of the South Korean ferry sinking, an official said Friday. The U.S. has already sent the major amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to the shipwreck area near the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. to exchange liaison officers with S. Korea for survivor search

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government will exchange liaison officials with South Korea for better communications in a joint search for the survivors of the South Korean ferry sinking, an official said Friday. The U.S. has already sent the major amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard to the shipwreck area near the southwestern tip of the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. congressional delegation due in S. Korea next week

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. congressional delegation, composed of mainly Republicans, left Friday for Northeast Asia ahead of President Barack Obama's trip there next week. The nine-member group is led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), according to his office. It is scheduled to visit Japan first, followed by a two-day trip to South Korea from Tuesday. The group will also travel to China.

U.S. congressional delegation due in S. Korea next week

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. congressional delegation, composed of mainly Republicans, left Friday for Northeast Asia ahead of President Barack Obama's trip there next week. The nine-member group is led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), according to his office. It is scheduled to visit Japan first, followed by a two-day trip to South Korea from Tuesday. The group will also travel to China.

Canada, U.K. extend condolences over sunken S. Korean ferry

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- Canada expressed condolences to South Korea over the deadly sinking of a ferry, which killed dozens of passengers and left more than 200 missing, the foreign ministry said Friday. Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird extended his condolences during a phone conversation with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se a day earlier, the ministry said. Baird also offered to provide assistance over the maritime accident, it said.

S. Korean indie film wins New York Festivals award

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean indie film has received the top honor for feature films during the 57th New York Festivals, the movie's local distributor said Friday. "Let Me Out" that opened simultaneously in South Korea and the United States last year won the prestigious Gold World Medal in the feature films category of the 2014 New York Festivals' International TV

Chinese officials heading to scene of sunken ferry in S. Korea

BEIJING, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A group of Chinese officials is heading to the scene of a sunken ferry in South Korea to take care of the family members of Chinese nationals who are among those missing in the tragedy, China's foreign ministry said Friday, confirming that the number of missing Chinese citizens has risen to four.

Chinese officials heading to scene of sunken ferry in S. Korea

BEIJING, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A group of Chinese officials is heading to the scene of a sunken ferry in South Korea to take care of the family members of Chinese nationals who are among those missing in the tragedy, China's foreign ministry said Friday, confirming that the number of missing Chinese citizens has risen to four.

Star athletes pay tribute to victims of ferry sinking

DALLAS/SAN FRANCISCO/SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean athletes based at home and abroad paid tribute to the victims of a deadly boat accident in their native land on Friday, With the death toll on the rise and hundreds of others still missing after the ferry Sewol capsized on Wednesday, two South Korean stars in Major League Baseball (MLB) offered much-needed distraction for a heartbroken nation with strong performances.
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