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Captain apologises for S Korea ferry disaster

Statement comes as hunt for hundreds of missing passengers continuesThe captain of a sunken South Korean ferry has apologised to families of the victims and those missing a day after the country's biggest maritime disaster.

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S Korean rescuers hunt for ferry survivors

Relatives of hundreds of people missing in a ferry sinking in South Korea are demanding answers about their loved-ones, as rescuers continued to scour the wreckage for signs of life.

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Hundreds missing after South Korea ship sinks

A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, has sunk off South Korea's southern coast, leaving nearly 300 people missing.

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#Japan politicians defiant despite #whaling ban

A Japanese parliamentary committee has unanimously passed a resolution urging the government to investigate all options to continue whaling, including "walking out of the (international whaling) convention".

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MH370 search heads underwater again

An autonomous underwater vehicle hunting for missing Malaysian jet MH370 on Tuesday was set for a second sweep of the remote Indian Ocean sea bed, after aborting its first search when it encountered water deeper than its operating limits.

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Search for missing MH370 moves underwater

An autonomous underwater vehicle is to be deployed in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching, the head of the Australian agency supervising the search says.

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Japan orders chicken cull to contain bird flu

Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south.

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Fading signals add to plane search urgency

Hopes raised by recent detection of signals from the the missing Malaysian Airlines jetliner's black box has started to wither once again amid overpowering fear that the battery of the recorder on board may have died.

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Australia hit by weakening storm

A tropical cyclone has battered Australia's Barrier Read coast, knocking out power and phone lines for thousands of people before weakening and downgraded to a Category 1 storm, from a previous 5, which is the strongest.

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Strong quake hits near Papua New Guinea

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has been recorded off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island, the US Geological Survey says.

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