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Seoul: Nine South Korean fishermen died and another was reported missing after their boat caught fire in frigid waters off the country’s west coast, South Korea’s coast guard said here yesterday. One fisherman was rescued.
Authorities say the fishermen jumped off the boat after they failed to put out the fire early yesterday morning. Rescue workers arrived at the scene, but nine of the men either drowned or died of hypothermia.
The coast guard said another crew member survived and was recovering at a hospital in the city of Gunsan.
Waters off South Korea’s west coast are barely above the freezing mark this time of year.
Aquino approves law protecting copyright
MANILA: President Benigno S Aquino III has approved a law on intellectual property that balances the rights of creators consumers, a senior government official said yesteday.
Intellectual Property Office Director-General Ricardo Blancaflor told a news briefing at Malacañang that the new law will protect copyright.
Aquino signed Republic Act 10372 or the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines on February 28. Under the new law, Blancaflor said a Bureau of Copyright and Other Related Rights will be created.
He said tougher penalties were also provided in the new law.
Taiwan stages mass ‘No Nuke’ rally
TAIPEI: Tens of thousands of Taiwanese people ra0llied in the capital yesterday to demand the government heed the lesson of a Japanese atomic crisis and scrap the island’s nuclear facilities, organisers said.
On the streets of Taipei, protesters waved placards and flags painted with slogans such as “No Nuke, No fear” and “No Nuke for Our Children” as they gathered at a square outside the presidential office.
Worries about Taiwan’s atomic facilities have grown since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, crippling a nuclear power plant in Fukushima.
Anger over attack on Hong Kong journalists
HONG KONG: Hong Kong journalists have condemned an attack on two cameramen outside the Beijing home of the wife of jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, slamming it as a violation of press freedom.
The pair were beaten up by a group of unidentified men when they were filming an activist’s attempt to visit Liu Xia, who is herself under house arrest, at her apartment building on Friday.
“The violence is a serious infringement of press freedom,” the Hong Kong Journalists Association said in a statement late on Friday.