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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 closet 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.

Entertainment circle suspends promotional events over ferry sinking

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- In an expression of condolences to the victims of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, the entertainment circle canceled most of its promotional activities scheduled for later in the week on Thursday. K-pop artists, major television networks and film agencies postponed their promotional events for new songs, TV shows and films, saying it would not be proper to hold these events at a time when the entire nation is in grief.

Gov't to inject 15 bln won to foster UHD industry

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will invest 15 billion won (US$14.4 million) this year in fostering its Ultra HD (UHD) industry to secure a competitive edge before the expected sales boom from global sports events, the telecom ministry said Thursday. The Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning said it will inject 5.8 billion won to develop core devices needed in creating and transmitting UHD contents, such as cloud-based editing systems and a High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoder.

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.

U.S. gov't offers condolences over S. Korean ferry sinking

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 16 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. government expressed its condolences Wednesday to the families of those who were killed in the sinking of a South Korean ferry. "We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who lost their lives on board the South Korea ferry, the Sewol," Marie Harf, the State Department's deputy spokeswoman said at the start of a daily press briefing. She described the incident as a "terrible tragedy."

Six dead, 290 missing in S. Korean ferry sinking

SEOUL/JINDO, South Korea, April 17 (Yonhap) -- At least six people are dead and nearly 300 others are still missing early Thursday, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southwestern coast less than a day earlier, officials said. Rescuers, mainly military divers, continued a desperate search for survivors. The 6,825-ton Sewol, heading to Jeju Island with 475 people on board, capsized Wednesday morning after a distress call. They include 375 students and 14 teachers from Ansan Danwon High School on a four-day field trip to the island. Among them, 179 have been rescued.
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