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  • Top Asian News at 12:00 p.m. GMT

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The official death toll in the South Korean ferry sinking soared to 58 on Sunday after divers finally succeeded in entering the vessel, which a newly released transcript shows was crippled with confusion and indecision well after it began listing dangerously. Three times in succession, and about half an hour after the ferry Sewol began tilting on Wednesday, a crew member asked Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) whether passengers would be rescued if they abandoned ship off South Korea's southern coast. That followed several statements from the ship that it was impossible for people aboard to even move, and another in which it said it was "impossible to broadcast" instructions.

  • Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?
    Nigeria preacher: Healer or controversial leader?

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — It's Sunday, and 15,000 people are seated in the enormous arena-like church, fanning themselves against the dusty humid air in Nigeria.

  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
    Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

  • Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: 'We can't move'
    Transcript of SKorea ship sinking: 'We can't move'

    JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The following is a portion of the transcript released Sunday by the South Korean coast guard of the conversation between the ferry that sank Wednesday and the Jindo Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jindo island. The ferry Sewol issued its distress call to another VTS center before these communications began. The Associated Press translated the transcript from Korean. The names of other ships included in the transcript are omitted at the request of South Korean authorities.

  • APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants
    APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.

  • Judge says American can't end retiree benefits yet

    DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an attempt by American Airlines to quickly cut off benefits for many of its retirees.

  • CURRENT DEPORTATION POLICY IS IMPOLITIC AND INHUMANE

    Jessica Colotl is a gainfully employed college graduate, a fresh-faced young woman working as a legal assistant at an Atlanta law firm. She's also a symbol of a sharp dispute between President Obama and a group of his now-wavering allies -- Latino voters who detest his deportation policy. Colotl, whose parents brought her to the United States illegally when she was 11 years old, was threatened with deportation in 2010. Her deportation was halted only after supporters, including the president of the university she attended, intervened.

  • Cutest act of revenge ever: Over 1,000 ducklings released into boss’s apartment [PHOTOS]
    Cutest act of revenge ever: Over 1,000 ducklings released into boss’s apartment [PHOTOS]

    Get ready to say, “Awww!” Shanghaist brings us this bit of adorableness and reports that a man named Xiang unleashed 1,130 ducklings on his boss’s apartment in an act of revenge.

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