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South Korea retains PM who quit over ferry disaster

South Korea retains PM who quit over ferry disaster

South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, who offered to quit in April over the Sewol ferry disaster, will keep his job. President Park Geun-hye announced she would retain Chung, a decision she said was "agonising". Two candidates whom she handpicked have attracted controversy, prompting them to withdraw their nominations. Her administration has come under fire for...

SKorean diver dies in ferry search operation

SKorean diver dies in ferry search operation

A civilian diver searching for bodies in the South Korean ferry that sank last month has died, authorities say. Officials said the 53-year-old, known only by his surname Lee, became unconscious and later died in hospital. He is the first fatality among divers searching the Sewol ferry, which sank on April 16 with 476 people...

SKorea president in ferry disaster apology

SKorea president in ferry disaster apology

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has apologised over the ferry disaster, in a statement to cabinet shown on national television. Park said that the government had failed to prevent the disaster and bungled its emergency response. Her apology comes amid ongoing work to retrieve bodies from the sunken hull. The ferry sank with 476 people aboard...

SKorean PM resigns over ferry disaster

SKorean PM resigns over ferry disaster

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has offered his resignation amid criticism of the government's handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry. In a statement, a sombre Chung said the "cries of the families of those missing still keep me up at night". The Sewol ferry with 476 people on board - most of...

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