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From FP Passport Wed Apr 16 2014, 18:18:53

Nearly 300 people are feared missing after a huge ferry capsized and sank off South Korea's southwestern coast. Carrying a group of high school students on a field trip from a high school outside Seoul, the ship was en route to Jeju, a Korean resort island known as the country's "Hawaii." Scores of rescue divers have descended on the ship, and it is feared that the death toll will rise sharply in coming days. Survivors say many people remain trapped on the ship's lower decks; 462 people were on board the ship, 281 of whom remain unaccounted for.

Somewhere between 800 and 1,000 people are thought to die in ferry accidents every year, according to Roberta Weisbrod, the executive director of the Worldwide Ferry Safety Association. While ferries in the developed world are by and large very ...

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From AfriPOP! Wed Apr 16 2014, 18:00:18

The biggest and brightest contemporary artists from across the African continent and beyond were nominated in 15 different categories including Best Male, Best Female, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year.  Broadening the scope of the MAMA awards franchise, achievement in non-music fields was recognised in "Personality of the Year", and "Transform Today by Absolut", an award designed to recognize and support young, emerging and original African creative [...]

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From Foreign Policy Wed Apr 16 2014, 17:44:44

What looks like an official effort to keep the web clean isn't working.

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From ThinkProgress Wed Apr 16 2014, 17:25:58

Some conservatives not only oppose an increase, but they would go so far as to repeal the existing minimum wage altogether.

The post In Denial appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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From ThinkProgress Wed Apr 16 2014, 17:08:12

An attempt to reduce sex work in Phoenix, Arizona has led to trans women experiencing more police profiling. Last week, Monica Jones was convicted for what she calls, "walking while trans."

The post How Phoenix Convicted A Transgender Woman For Walking Down The Street appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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From ThinkProgress Wed Apr 16 2014, 17:08:06

A new report documents China's response to the almost unimaginable life-shortening air pollution caused by its rapid growth in coal use.

The post Is This The End Of China's Coal Boom? appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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From Travel Press Release Wed Apr 16 2014, 17:03:22

Today's agenda is a bit grim as disaster struck South Korea, with a ferry sinking with 477 people on board, most of them being students. Rescue teams have managed to save 180 of those on board, so far. The ship was sailing towards the JejuIsland when it had issued a mayday signal at 00:00 GMT....

The post South Korean ferry sinking UPDATE| appeared first on Travel Press Release.

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From Top stories – France 24 - International News 24/7 Wed Apr 16 2014, 16:56:19

Algerians head to the polls on Thursday for an election that looks certain to hand President Abdelaziz Bouteflika a fourth term in office. FRANCE 24 spoke to residents of Algiers, where the mood appears to lurch between indifference and despair.

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From ThinkProgress Wed Apr 16 2014, 16:39:31

North Dakota recently discovered piles of garbage bags containing radioactive waste dumped by oil drillers in abandoned buildings. Now, the state is trying to catch up to an oil industry that produces an estimated 27 tons of radioactive debris from wells daily.

The post North Dakota Finds Itself Unprepared To Handle The Radioactive Burden Of Its Fracking Boom appeared first on ThinkProgress.

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