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  • Top Asian News at 9:30 a.m. GMT 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships. But his reputation now hinges on the moments last week when he delayed an evacuation and apparently abandoned the ferry Sewol as it went down, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead, most of them teenagers. More »

  • Kate Middleton: Prince George Has Added an Extra Fat Roll Since Royal Tour  …
    Kate Middleton: Prince George Has Added an Extra Fat Roll Since Royal Tour  … 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Kate Middleton has said Prince George has added an extra fat roll since the family started their royal tour of New Zealand and Australia. The Duchess of Cambridge said her son has changed a great deal since she, George and Prince William arrived at the start of April, news.com.au reports. More »

  • More powerful sonar likely next step in jet search
    More powerful sonar likely next step in jet search 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the lost Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned soon to bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy
    Australia unmoved by U.N. critique of asylum seeker policy 3 hours ago

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centres in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for lengthy detention might violate its treaty obligations. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake
    Young royals turn DJs in Queen's Australian namesake 4 hours ago

    Prince William on Wednesday visited the South Australian town named after his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, where he and wife Kate met disadvantaged youngsters and tried their hands at DJ-ing. More »

  • Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet
    Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet 5 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Australia lifts F-35 order from 14 to 72 fighters 6 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia announced Wednesday that it had increased its order for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters by 58 to 72 to be fully operational by 2023 in a declaration of confidence in the troubled stealth war plane. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Australia says cost not a concern in MH370 search
    Australia says cost not a concern in MH370 search 6 hours ago

    Australia said Wednesday cost was not a concern in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, after the mini-sub plumbing the depths of the Indian Ocean for wreckage ended its ninth mission empty-handed. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry disaster rose to 135 Wednesday, but there were many more bodies left to be retrieved as divers swam through tight, dark rooms and passageways to search for nearly 170 people still missing. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry disaster rose to 135 Wednesday, but there were many more bodies left to be retrieved as divers swam through tight, dark rooms and passageways to search for nearly 170 people still missing. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

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

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The confirmed death toll from the South Korean ferry disaster rose to 135 Wednesday, but there were many more bodies left to be retrieved as divers swam through tight, dark rooms and passageways to search for nearly 170 people still missing. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. More »

  • Australia flags deeper search for Malaysian jet
    Australia flags deeper search for Malaysian jet 9 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will likely soon deploy more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper as the current search of the most likely crash site in the Indian Ocean has failed to yield any clues, Australia's defense minister said Wednesday. More »

  • Kate Middleton's Happy Family Shots Spark Royal Privacy Invasion Row
    Kate Middleton's Happy Family Shots Spark Royal Privacy Invasion Row Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Private images of Kate Middleton carrying Prince George on her shoulders and kicking her heels in delight while walking hand in hand with Prince William have sparked a privacy row in Australia. According to a report in the Times, the images of the family spending time in the garden of the governor-general's residence in Canberra are an invasion of their privacy and should not have been published by Australian media. Kensington Palace is believed to have asked Australian media corporations not to publish the pictures, a request ignored by many organisations. However, this does not apply to Australian media. More »

  • George photos taken on Kate stroll
    George photos taken on Kate stroll Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The Duchess of Cambridge has been photographed unawares with Prince George in Australia during a day off from official engagements. More »

  • Kate 'Papped' Playing With Prince George
    Kate 'Papped' Playing With Prince George Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The Duchess of Cambridge has been filmed and photographed playing with Prince George during a day off from official engagements in Australia. The images show Kate pushing the eight-month-old in a buggy, carrying him on her shoulders and playing with him in her lap. They were taken without Royal approval while the couple were in the grounds of Government House in Canberra. On Tuesday they will travel to Uluru in Central Australia - more than 30 years after Prince William's parents made a similar trip. More »

  • William and Kate set to visit Uluru
    William and Kate set to visit Uluru Mon, Apr 21, 2014

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Uluru, one of the Australia's most iconic sites, tomorrow. More »

  • Baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
    Baby Prince George visits Australian zoo Sun, Apr 20, 2014

    Baby Prince George stepped out in public with his parents on Sunday for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. More »

  • Kate And William: Duchess Tries Out Fighter Jet
    Kate And William: Duchess Tries Out Fighter Jet Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    The Duchess of Cambridge turned down a chivalrous offer from her husband as the Royal couple continue their tour of Australia. William was left watching as Kate - despite wearing heels - deftly climbed into the cockpit of a Super Hornet during a visit to the Royal Australian Air Force base Amberley, near Brisbane. But the Duchess, dressed in a white LK Bennett dress with blue poppies on, wanted to have a go at the controls of the multimillion-pound plane herself from the pilot's seat. During their visit, the Duke and Duchess met with relatives of four Australian servicemen killed in recent conflicts. More »

  • Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet
    Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet one month after the search began off Australia's west coast, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane. More »

  • Samples collected from oil slick not from plane
    Samples collected from oil slick not from plane Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Investigators were analyzing data collected by a robotic submarine that completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, but say tests have ruled out that a nearby oil slick came from the aircraft. More »

  • Robot sub finishes 1st full seabed search for jet
    Robot sub finishes 1st full seabed search for jet Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the origins of a nearby oil slick. More »

  • Dengue outbreak at Australian detention centre sparks fresh concerns Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - An outbreak of dengue fever at an Australian refugee detention centre in the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru sparked calls on Thursday for greater oversight at the facility, which has been criticised by rights groups and the United Nations. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's office said that medical officers at the centre had confirmed three cases of the potentially fatal tropical disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. But Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, immigration spokeswoman from the opposition Greens Party, said that outbreaks are inevitable in crowded camps like the one on Nauru and called for greater independent oversight of the overseas refugee detention system. Australia uses detention centres in Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea to process would-be refugees sent there after trying to get to Australia, often in unsafe boats after paying people smugglers in Indonesia. More »

  • Robot sub makes first complete search for plane
    Robot sub makes first complete search for plane Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine has completed its first full 16-hour mission scanning the floor of the Indian Ocean for wreckage of the missing Malaysian airliner after two previous missions were cut short by technical problems and deep water, authorities said on Thursday. More »