Still no trace of crew in sunken ship off S Korea

April 06, 2014 - 2:34:35 am

SEOUL: An overnight search for a cargo ship carrying 16 North Korean crew that sank off South Korea killing at least two failed to find any sign of survivors or debris, officials said yesterday.

The 4,300-tonne Mongolian-flagged ship sent out a distress call from international waters off South Korea’s southern island of Geomun shortly after 1.00am Friday.

The bodies of two North Korean sailors were recovered Friday and three other crew were rescued, with 11 people still missing mid-morning yesterday.

US backs HK democracy

WASHINGTON:  US Vice President Joe Biden called Friday for democratic rule in Hong Kong as he met with two outspoken activists from the semi-autonomous Chinese metropolis.

In an unusually high sign of support, the White House said Biden stopped by talks at the White House with Martin Lee, a founder of the opposition Democratic Party, and Anson Chan, the former number two in the Hong Kong government.

“The vice president underscored our long-standing support for democracy in Hong Kong and for the city’s high degree of autonomy under the ‘one country, two systems’ framework,” a White House statement said.

10 injured in China tremor

BEIJING:  A shallow 5.3 quake struck southwest China yesterday, sending terrified residents running from their homes as dozens of houses collapsed and injuring at least 10 people, state media reported.

The tremor in Yunnan province, near the border with Sichuan, hit at 6.40am at a depth of 13 kilometres, Xinhua news agency said citing the China Earthquake Networks.