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Sewol Disaster: Anger Despite Ship Salvage Vow

Written By nana jamaika on Kamis, 16 April 2015 | 18.46

Sewol Disaster: Anger Despite Ship Salvage Vow

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Families of some of the 304 victims of the Sewol ferry disaster have blocked South Korea's leaders from attending a memorial event marking the first anniversary.

The protest came amid anger from bereaved relatives over the government's handling of the tragedy and the recovery of the vessel.

Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo was confronted by demonstrators clutching placards as he attempted to visit the memorial venue in the city of Ansan.

Earlier, protesters had put up a barrier to block President Park Guen-hye from getting into the hall.

Of those who died, 250 were children from the same high school in Ansan, which has been the focus of anniversary activities.

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  1. Gallery: Sewol Victims Remembered A Year On

    Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster react as they throw flowers to pay tribute to the victims of the 16 April sinking last year

The ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo. Continue through for more images

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Sewol Disaster: Anger Despite Ship Salvage Vow

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Families of some of the 304 victims of the Sewol ferry disaster have blocked South Korea's leaders from attending a memorial event marking the first anniversary.

The protest came amid anger from bereaved relatives over the government's handling of the tragedy and the recovery of the vessel.

Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo was confronted by demonstrators clutching placards as he attempted to visit the memorial venue in the city of Ansan.

Earlier, protesters had put up a barrier to block President Park Guen-hye from getting into the hall.

Of those who died, 250 were children from the same high school in Ansan, which has been the focus of anniversary activities.

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  1. Gallery: Sewol Victims Remembered A Year On

    Relatives of victims of the Sewol ferry disaster react as they throw flowers to pay tribute to the victims of the 16 April sinking last year

The ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea's southern island of Jindo. Continue through for more images

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Eurostar: Paris Attacks Hit Passenger Numbers

Eurostar has reported passenger numbers have been hit in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris in January.

The cross-Channel rail service said sales revenues in its first quarter were 6% down on the same period a year ago.

It blamed not only disruption caused by the shootings in France, which included the attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, but also delays and cancellations forced on it by a lorry fire.

Passenger numbers were flat at 2.3 million.

The company expressed confidence that the performance was a blip.

"The uplift in business travel bookings that was reported in 2014 has continued in the first three months of the year with the number of Eurostar Business Premier travellers increasing by 7% compared with the first quarter of last year," it said in a statement. 

"The increase in business passengers which was underpinned last year by the recovery in the UK economy is now starting to take hold on the continent.

"This trend is testament to the increasing  enthusiasm among business customers for choosing the ease of high speed rail over plane and the growing attraction of the Eurostar Business Premier offer.

Sales revenues in the first quarter were impacted by the events in January and by movements in exchange rates.

"The first three months of 2015 saw the average exchange rate increase by 11% compared with the same quarter the previous year, with sterling rising to a seven year high of €1.37.

"As a result, Eurostar sales revenues were down by 6% compared to 2014 (at) £215m.

"Whilst January was challenging, trading returned to a more normalised pattern in the course of the quarter.

"Eurostar reported high levels of traffic during a record Easter holiday period and the company is seeing a strong year-on-year increase in forward bookings for the summer period." 


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Report: Global Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks

Report: Global Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks

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Violent anti-Semitic attacks have risen by 38% over the past year with figures from France and Britain being particularly disturbing, says a study from an Israeli university.

The study from Tel Aviv University was published as Israel marked Holocaust Memorial Day 70 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

The report found 766 violent attacks, including "arson, vandalism or direct threats against Jewish persons or institutions" across the world, making 2014 the second-worst year of the decade, after 2009.

The highest number of incidents in a single country happened in France which, at around 600,000, is home to Europe's largest Jewish community.

It recorded 164 anti-Semitic attacks in 2014 compared with 141 the previous year.

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  1. Gallery: Concentration Camp's Liberators And Survivors Reunited

    A visitor stands in front of a watchtower behind a fence on the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar

Germany marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp by the US army

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US veterans who freed the camp and survivor Murray Goldfinger (3R) arrive

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Survivor Alexander Butschuk gestures as he arrives

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Holocaust survivor Murray Goldfinger tells people how he survived

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Report: Global Rise In Anti-Semitic Attacks

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Violent anti-Semitic attacks have risen by 38% over the past year with figures from France and Britain being particularly disturbing, says a study from an Israeli university.

The study from Tel Aviv University was published as Israel marked Holocaust Memorial Day 70 years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

The report found 766 violent attacks, including "arson, vandalism or direct threats against Jewish persons or institutions" across the world, making 2014 the second-worst year of the decade, after 2009.

The highest number of incidents in a single country happened in France which, at around 600,000, is home to Europe's largest Jewish community.

It recorded 164 anti-Semitic attacks in 2014 compared with 141 the previous year.

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  1. Gallery: Concentration Camp's Liberators And Survivors Reunited

    A visitor stands in front of a watchtower behind a fence on the grounds of the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald near Weimar

Germany marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp by the US army

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US veterans who freed the camp and survivor Murray Goldfinger (3R) arrive

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Survivor Alexander Butschuk gestures as he arrives

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Holocaust survivor Murray Goldfinger tells people how he survived

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Hundreds Of Pearl Harbor Dead To Be Exhumed

Written By nana jamaika on Rabu, 15 April 2015 | 18.46

The remains of 388 Americans killed during the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor during World War Two are to be exhumed for DNA testing.

Most of the crew on board the torpedoed USS Oklahoma could not be identified after Japan's surprise attack - a pivotal moment which convinced the US to enter the war.

Their remains were interred at Hawaii's National Memorial Cemetery but now the Pentagon plans to transfer them to a Defense Department lab on the island to hopefully bring closure to some families.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said the government remained "committed to fulfilling its sacred obligation to achieve the fullest possible accounting for US personnel lost in past conflicts".

"Recent advances in forensic science and technology, as well as family member assistance in providing genealogical information, have now made it possible to make individual identifications for many service members long-buried in graves marked 'unknown,'" said Mr Work.

"While not all families will receive an individual identification, we will strive to provide resolution to as many families as possible."

For the exhumation to happen, Government rules state there must be a chance of identifying at least 60% of the troops. Family members of the dead crew are set to provide samples to help the process.

Some 429 sailors and Marines on the USS Oklahoma died in the attack on 7 December 1941.

In all, Japan's two-hour airborne onslaught destroyed eight battleships and 164 planes - more than a 100 other vessels were also sunk or damaged.

But it was the deaths of more than 2,400 serviceman and civilians on home soil that truly shocked the US and led President Roosevelt to famously declare it "a day that will live in infamy".


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Hundreds Of Migrants Feared Drowned Off Libya

Some 400 illegal migrants may have drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya on Sunday, according to survivors who were rescued and brought to Italy.

Those rescued claimed the vessel was carrying between 500 and 550 people trying to make their way to Europe when it sank.

Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration, said between 144 and 150 survivors arrived on Tuesday at Reggio Calabria in southern Italy after being picked up by the Italian coastguard.

"We are continuing to investigate in order to understand how the shipwreck happened," he said.

There has been a suggestion the boat may have capsized after passengers began moving around when they saw the Italian rescue team approach.

The Italian coastguard says it has recovered nine bodies.

"There were 400 victims in this shipwreck, which occurred 24 hours after (their vessel) left the Libyan coast," the charity Save the Children said in a statement, citing survivors.

"There were several young males, probably minors, among the victims," the statement continued, adding there were also children among the survivors.

Speaking to Sky News, Save the Children spokeswoman Carlotta Bellini said: "The situation in Libya is really bad.

"Many migrants, including many children, have been victims of violence and many of them have reached Italy over the past few days.

"They have mentioned that extremism and violence on migrants is growing (in Italy).

"They are being transferred to a migrant centre in northern Italy."

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  1. Gallery: Stranded Migrants Leave 'Ghost Ship' In Italy

    Migrants smile after disembarking from the ship

The Ezadeen cargo ship was stopped by Italian authorities after smugglers sent it speeding toward the coast in rough seas with nobody at the helm

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Russian-Language Siri Accused Of Homophobia

A Russian-language version of Apple's Siri personal assistant has been accused of providing homophobic responses to questions about gay people.

The voice-activated helper responded to a question about whether gay marriage is "normal" by saying: "You are so rude" and "I consider this emotion should be considered negative."

When asked the same question again Siri said: "I will pretend I didn't hear that" and "Now you are using obscenities and then you are going to eat bread with the same hands."

It has been reported that the responses were due to a bug that has now been fixed.

Gay rights are a controversial subject in Russia. A law banning gay "propaganda" that was passed in 2013 prevents people from giving information about homosexuality to people under 18.

Apple chief executive Tim Cook came out as gay in October.

Last November, a tribute to Steve Jobs was removed from a college campus in St Petersburg after Mr Cook's announcement.

When the English version of Siri launched there were complaints about some its responses, which included refusing to look up the locations of local abortion clinics.

Sky News has contacted Apple for comment.


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Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

Written By nana jamaika on Selasa, 14 April 2015 | 18.46

Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

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A specially-designed robot has become stranded after capturing the first grainy images from inside one of the melted reactors at Japan's doomed Fukushima nuclear plant.

It withstood the deadly radioactive environment but then became stuck two-thirds of the way through its mission and had to be abandoned.

Pictures lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam wafting around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts.

The video also showed numerous white spots believed to be caused by gamma rays.

Despite the glitch, officials said the images were a success and showed it was possible to send in more sophisticated robots as they embark on a 40-year mission to make the plant safe.

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  1. Gallery: Robot's Pictures Inside Fukushima

    A still image of a video taken by a small cord-controlled robot shows inside the reactor vessel of the No. 1 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

The robot was used to film inside one of the reactors that melted down at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant last week, but the robot itself lost control and become disconnected

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The 60cm Hitachi robot entered the disaster zone through a pipe and then morphed into a crawler device, collecting radiation and temperature data as it crept along. Continue through for more pictures

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Robot Reveals Inside Of Wrecked Nuclear Plant

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A specially-designed robot has become stranded after capturing the first grainy images from inside one of the melted reactors at Japan's doomed Fukushima nuclear plant.

It withstood the deadly radioactive environment but then became stuck two-thirds of the way through its mission and had to be abandoned.

Pictures lit by a lamp on the robot showed steam wafting around the chamber and debris that looked like small rocks and metal parts.

The video also showed numerous white spots believed to be caused by gamma rays.

Despite the glitch, officials said the images were a success and showed it was possible to send in more sophisticated robots as they embark on a 40-year mission to make the plant safe.

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  1. Gallery: Robot's Pictures Inside Fukushima

    A still image of a video taken by a small cord-controlled robot shows inside the reactor vessel of the No. 1 reactor building at Tokyo Electric Power Co's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant

The robot was used to film inside one of the reactors that melted down at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant last week, but the robot itself lost control and become disconnected

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The 60cm Hitachi robot entered the disaster zone through a pipe and then morphed into a crawler device, collecting radiation and temperature data as it crept along. Continue through for more pictures

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Kidnapped Nigeria Girls Still Missing A Year On

By Alex Crawford, Sky News Special Correspondent

It is 12 months since the kidnap of more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls captured the world's attention - they remain unaccounted for and it is increasingly clear Boko Haram is still abducting hundreds more women.

Campaign group BringBackOurGirls says it has evidence some of the group were seen in the town of Gwoza in northeast Nigeria, until recently the main operational base of the militant terror group.

Nothing concrete has been heard of them since.

Even after the Nigerian military entered the town and claimed to have retaken it - a week before the country went to the polls - there has been little news of exactly what was found there.

Nigeria's new president told Sky News last month - in his first interview after it became clear he was going to be the country's next leader- that cracking down on Boko Haram and recovering the schoolgirls was his top priority.

But he warned parents not to be overly optimistic.

"We will do our best," President-elect Muhammadu Buhari told us from his Abuja residence.

A report by human rights group Amnesty International says at least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014.

Many of them are forced into sexual slavery - and also trained to fight.

One young woman who was kidnapped then forced into marriage told Amnesty she was repeatedly raped and sexually abused.

She said she had been taught how to use weapons and forced to take part in Boko Haram battles - even one against her own village.

Amnesty has documented what it calls multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the extremist group, which recently pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

It commissioned new satellite images, including that of the town of Bama, which showed the level of destruction wrought by Boko Haram as it retreated.

Nearly 6,000 structures can be seen damaged or destroyed - about 70% of the town.

There is more hope than at anytime over the last five years that with the election of a new president there will be fresh impetus and the will to take on the militants - and to try to find some answers for the hundreds of parents still hoping their daughters will be returned.


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Deadly 'Al Shabaab Attack' On Somali Ministry

At least five people were killed and ten injured in an attack on Somalia's higher education ministry in the capital Mogadishu, police have said.

Officers said there were two blasts at the entrance to a complex of government buildings.

They said it then opened the way for gunmen to enter the site where they are thought to have taken hostage some of the ministry's employees.

"First two blasts occurred, a bike blast and a car blast, outside the building, then armed fighters stormed in," Major Ali Nur, a police officer, told Reuters.

Smoke could be seen rising over the compound and gunfire was heard from inside.

The building houses the Higher Education Ministry and the Petroleum and Minerals Ministry.

Police Colonel Hussein Ibrahim said at least five people had been killed, including an African Union and a government soldier. The other three were civilians.

But initial estimates of the number killed varied, with some saying as many as eight dead.

About half an hour after the blast happened, police said the complex had been brought under control.

A spokesman for the armed Islamist group al Shabaab said it was responsible.

It is the latest in a series of raids in Mogadishu by the group which wants to topple the government and impose its own strict version of Islamic law.

It also comes days after an attack by militants on a Kenya university campus massacre in which 148 people were killed.

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It's Official: Clinton Running For President

Written By nana jamaika on Senin, 13 April 2015 | 18.46

It's Official: Clinton Running For President

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Hillary Clinton has told donors she is to run for US president and seek the Democratic nomination.

A top adviser to the former First Lady and Secretary of State made her 2016 plans official with an email message sent to veterans of her first presidential campaign.

Minutes later, Mrs Clinton announced the details on her campaign website.

She said in a video, uploaded to her new campaign website, that "everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion".

"I'm getting ready to do something too, I'm running for President," she said.

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  1. Gallery: Former First Lady Makes Announcement In Emails And Online

    Hillary Clinton used Twitter to post a message about her decision to run for president

Her daughter Chelsea was quick to express her pride

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The news broke in an email from a senior member of her team, John Podesta

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The wannabe president released a video on her new campaign website

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"Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top.

"Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion, so you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead, and stay ahead, because when families are strong, America is strong.

"So I'm hitting the road to earn your vote, because it's your time, and I hope you'll join me on this journey."

Her daughter Chelsea tweeted: "Very proud of you Mom! @HillaryClinton." 

Mrs Clinton is aiming to be the first female president.

She enters the Democratic primaries in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama.

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  1. Gallery: Hillary Clinton: A Profile In Pictures

    Hillary Clinton is launching her bid for the White House - and here is a look back her life in pictures... 1960s: Clinton as a teenager, posing on rock on the shore of a lake

1960s: A sixties teenager

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It's Official: Clinton Running For President

We use cookies to give you the best experience. If you do nothing we'll assume that it's ok.

Hillary Clinton has told donors she is to run for US president and seek the Democratic nomination.

A top adviser to the former First Lady and Secretary of State made her 2016 plans official with an email message sent to veterans of her first presidential campaign.

Minutes later, Mrs Clinton announced the details on her campaign website.

She said in a video, uploaded to her new campaign website, that "everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion".

"I'm getting ready to do something too, I'm running for President," she said.

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  1. Gallery: Former First Lady Makes Announcement In Emails And Online

    Hillary Clinton used Twitter to post a message about her decision to run for president

Her daughter Chelsea was quick to express her pride

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The news broke in an email from a senior member of her team, John Podesta

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The wannabe president released a video on her new campaign website

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The Hillary For America logo

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"Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times but the deck is still stacked in favour of those at the top.

"Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion, so you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead, and stay ahead, because when families are strong, America is strong.

"So I'm hitting the road to earn your vote, because it's your time, and I hope you'll join me on this journey."

Her daughter Chelsea tweeted: "Very proud of you Mom! @HillaryClinton." 

Mrs Clinton is aiming to be the first female president.

She enters the Democratic primaries in a strong position to succeed her rival from the 2008 campaign, President Barack Obama.

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  1. Gallery: Hillary Clinton: A Profile In Pictures

    Hillary Clinton is launching her bid for the White House - and here is a look back her life in pictures... 1960s: Clinton as a teenager, posing on rock on the shore of a lake

1960s: A sixties teenager

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