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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT 1 hour 29 minutes ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank. More »

  • Japan politicians defiant despite whaling ban
    Japan politicians defiant despite whaling ban 1 hour 48 minutes ago

    Parliamentary committee unanimously passes a resolution urging the government to continue whaling, weeks after ICJ ban. More »

  • Top Asian News at 9:00 a.m. GMT 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank. More »

  • Royal Tour in Pictures: Kate Middleton, Prince William and Baby George Arrive …
    Royal Tour in Pictures: Kate Middleton, Prince William and Baby George Arrive … 2 hours 2 minutes ago

    Prince William and Kate Middleton, accompanied by their son Prince George, arrived in Sydney late Wednesday afternoon. William, Kate and George flew from New Zealand to Australia, on the second leg of their three-week Pacific trip. Eight-month-old George, who is on his first tour abroad along with his parents, stole the limelight at Sydney airport as he did at Wellington airport in New Zealand. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:30 a.m. GMT 2 hours 29 minutes ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank. More »

  • Sydney welcomes Will and Kate with sunshine and cheers
    Sydney welcomes Will and Kate with sunshine and cheers 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    Britain's Prince William and wife Kate charmed a welcoming crowd at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday as they began the Australian leg of a tour Down Under with baby Prince George. More »

  • Top Asian News at 8:00 a.m. GMT 3 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. There were fears, however, of a big jump in the death toll, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry traveling to the southern tourist island of Jeju. One passenger said he believed that many people were trapped inside the ferry when it sank. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:30 a.m. GMT 3 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people were still unaccounted for, but officials later changed the number to 295. More »

  • Top Asian News at 7:00 a.m. GMT 4 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The government says 295 people are still missing several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. Officials say at least two died and seven were injured. A government official earlier said that more than 100 people were still unaccounted for Wednesday, but officials later changed the number to 295. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:30 a.m. GMT 4 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. There were fears of a big jump in the number of deaths, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry travelling to the southern island of Jeju. One rescued passenger said he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ferry when it sank. More »

  • Top Asian News at 6:00 a.m. GMT 5 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More than 100 people were still unaccounted Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 476, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. There were fears of a big jump in the number of deaths, as dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled to rescue passengers who had been on the ferry travelling to the southern island of Jeju. One rescued passenger said he believed that many people had been trapped inside the ferry when it sank. More »

  • Australian state leader quits over $2,800 wine
    Australian state leader quits over $2,800 wine 5 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The leader of Australia's most populous state quit as premier on Wednesday in the face of mounting evidence that he failed to declare a 3,000 Australian dollar ($2,800) bottle of wine that arrived as a gift on his Sydney doorstep. More »

  • Top Asian News at 5:30 a.m. GMT 5 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged. More »

  • Top Asian News at 5:00 a.m. GMT 5 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged. More »

  • Top Asian News at 4:30 a.m. GMT 6 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of boats, helicopters and divers scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring 14, officials said. The ferry with 476 people aboard was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to the Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged. More »

  • Top Asian News at 4:00 a.m. GMT 7 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. At least one person died and 14 were said to have been injured. The ferry with 476 people was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning after it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration. The government said about 95 percent of the ship was submerged. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:30 a.m. GMT 7 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration. More »

  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT 7 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration. More »

  • Robot sub returns to water after 1st try cut short
    Robot sub returns to water after 1st try cut short 11 hours ago

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner. More »

  • Deep water thwarts robot sub's 1st search for jet
    Deep water thwarts robot sub's 1st search for jet 23 hours ago

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday. More »

  • Malaysia jet search area too deep for submarine
    Malaysia jet search area too deep for submarine Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, surfacing with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said Tuesday. More »

  • After 50-year wait, Sydney to get second airport in Australia infrastructure …
    After 50-year wait, Sydney to get second airport in Australia infrastructure … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Maggie Lu Yueyang SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has approved a $2.4 billion (1.4 billion pounds) project to build a long-awaited second airport for Sydney, likely boosting near-term investment and jobs in a bet that the city's air travel demand will grow enough to justify a surge in terminal capacity. Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced the plan on Tuesday, saying he expects work at the Badgerys Creek site in Western Sydney, 60 kilometres from the city centre, to begin in 2016. A second airport for Sydney was first proposed over 50 years ago, but became mired in political debate before Abbott promised to build one in last year's victorious election campaign. He was voted in on a ticket pledging he would be an "infrastructure prime minister", targeting infrastructure projects to revive economic growth that sagged as Australia's mining investment boom faded since 2012. More »

  • Robotic submarine deployed in search for plane
    Robotic submarine deployed in search for plane Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Search crews sent a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes. More »

  • Official says sub will be used in search for jet
    Official says sub will be used in search for jet Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Search crews will for the first time send a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean on Monday to try to determine whether underwater signals detected by sound-locating equipment are from the missing ... More »

  • Missing plane's black box batteries may have died
    Missing plane's black box batteries may have died Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    The hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner continued to focus Monday on a search for weakening radio signals from deep beneath the waves despite mounting evidence that the batteries in the plane's all-important ... More »

  • Cronulla Sharks continue dismal record at Manly Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — The touted "battle of the beaches" in Australia's National Rugby League on Sunday turned out to be a runaway win for the Manly Sea Eagles. More »

  • Australia PM confident sounds are from Flight 370
    Australia PM confident sounds are from Flight 370 Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — With the Malaysian jetliner mystery now five weeks old, officials have narrowed the search zone for the missing plane and are "very confident" the underwater signals they have heard are from its black box, Australia's prime minister said Friday. More »

  • Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370
    Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370 Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Authorities are confident that signals detected deep in the Indian Ocean are from the missing Malaysian jet's black boxes, Australia's prime minister said Friday, raising hopes they are close to solving ... More »

  • Another possible signal heard in Flight 370 search
    Another possible signal heard in Flight 370 search Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — An air and sea hunt for the missing Malaysian jet resumed Friday in the same swath of the southern Indian Ocean where an underwater sensor made the fifth detection of a signal in recent days, raising hopes that searchers are closing in on what could be a flight recorder. More »

  • Possible 5th underwater signal heard in jet search
    Possible 5th underwater signal heard in jet search Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian aircraft Thursday detected what may be the fifth signal coming from a man-made device deep in the Indian Ocean, adding to hopes that searchers will soon pinpoint the object's location and send down a robotic vehicle to confirm if it is a black box from the missing Malaysian jet. More »

  • 2 nations leading jet search have turbulent past
    2 nations leading jet search have turbulent past Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The leaders of Malaysia and Australia have used warm and glowing terms to assure the world that their partnership in the desperate hunt for a missing airliner is built on a firm and abiding friendship. But it's also an odd-couple relationship that has proved brittle in the past and has been blighted by hostility, rivalries and cultural misunderstandings. More »

  • Search picks up new underwater signal in jet hunt
    Search picks up new underwater signal in jet hunt Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet picked up a new underwater signal Thursday while searching the same part of the Indian Ocean where earlier sounds were detected that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes. More »

  • Searchers picks up new signal in hunt for lost jet
    Searchers picks up new signal in hunt for lost jet Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian aircraft picked up a new underwater signal Thursday while searching the same part of the Indian Ocean where earlier sounds were detected that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes. More »

  • New possible sound detected in hunt for lost jet
    New possible sound detected in hunt for lost jet Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysian jet picked up a new possible underwater signal on Thursday in the same area search crews previously detected sounds that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes. More »

  • New possible pings detected in hunt for lost jet
    New possible pings detected in hunt for lost jet Thu, Apr 10, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — An Australian aircraft hunting for the missing Malaysian jet picked up a new possible underwater signal on Thursday in the same area search crews detected sounds earlier in the week that were consistent with an aircraft's black boxes. More »