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By Wednesday the number of people confirmed dead in the South Korean ferry disaster had risen to at least 146. Divers working in darkness inside the hull of the sunken vessel are searching for bodies by feel. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were pupils and teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan. In the city's Olympic Memorial Hall an altar's been set up for mourners to pay their respects. (SOUNDBITE)(Korean) DANWON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT LEE SEUNG-MIN SAYING: "Students keep crying as they watch the news reports. They've been offering chrysanthemum flowers but they can't do anything." As relatives of those still missing wait for the recovery of their bodies tonnes of donated good have been sent to keep them going. The goods have been given by well-wishers across the country. Others have put messages of hope for the safe return of those still unaccounted for on a wall at the shelter where the relatives are staying. The c
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A female giant panda, who was released into the wild in China last year, is said to be adapting well and has even gained some weight. Report by Kerrs. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Gaurav Sharma's taking his parliamentary election campaign to new heights. The man known as India's Spiderman is standing as an independent candidate in the polls. This is his way of taking his political ambitions to a new level. (SOUNDBITE)(English) INDEPENDENT ELECTION CANDIDATE GAURAV SHARMA SAYING: "When I climb buildings it is more of me climbing (the) building and motivating the youth, motivating the people that you can overcome your barriers, problems and issues of your life." When he's not dangling from high-level balconies Sharma is a martial arts trainer and fitness consultant. He'll find out if his antics pay off on Tuesday when voters in Mumbai head to the polls.
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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 A security guard accused of shooting a British dive store owner in the Philippines says he did it because he'd been harshly treated. Police said Melchor Alciso used all six rounds in a revolver to kill Tony Gilchrist. Alciso says he couldn't stop himself. (SOUNDBITE)(Visayan) SHOOTING SUSPECT MELCHOR ALCISO SAYING: "I was no longer able to control myself. Even at the smallest mistake by me or other employees, he would go mad instantly. His anger was extreme. He was like a dog. He would curse at you." A witness told local media Alciso had turned up for work on the island of Malapascua late and drunk Gilchrist's family is quoted in media reports as saying he was a gentle man who cared deeply about the Philippines. His family arrived in the Philippines on Monday to bring his back the body.
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: The search at sea for ferry passengers on the capsized South Korean ferry continued on Tuesday (April 22) with 185 still missing. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing. Only 174 people have been rescued and the remainder are all presumed to have drowned. A rescue operation has turned into a grim search through the stricken vessel to recover the remaining passengers. The South Korean Coast Guard sped up search operations under better weather conditions on Tuesday. The Sewol ferry sank last Wednesday, April16 on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the sub-tropical holiday island of Jeju. The Coast Guard confirmed the death toll of the passengers reached 117 as of 1200GMT on Tuesday (April 22).
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama said, "We will be here as long as it takes," after meeting with families and victims of deadly mudslide in Washington State. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22, unleashing a torrent of mud that swallowed up a stretch of a state highway and some three dozen homes on the outskirts of the tiny community of Oso. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said on Monday that 41 victims have been recovered from the slide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills last month. The president signed an emergency declaration ordering U.S. government assistance to supplement state and local relief efforts in the aftermath of the mudslide and flooding. Obama is due to visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Philippines over the next eight days.
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Simon Ostrovsky, an American journalist working for Vice News seen here, has been detained in Ukraine, according to reports. At a news conference in Slaviansk Tuesday, the self-declared mayor and pro-Russia separatist leader confirmed the detention but did not name the journalist. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SELF-DECLARED MAYOR OF EASTERN UKRAINIAN CITY OF SLAVIANSK, VYACHESLAV PONOMARYOV, SAYING: "A journalist has been detained, as I understand. To be honest, I didn't have time this morning to solve this problem and meet him to talk to him. What can I say? We have our own documents, our own leads that point to people who are unwanted here in our city. If we find those people, obviously we detain them, we talk to them, and only then we can figure out how dangerous they are for us and our town's residents." Vice News identified Ostrovsky on its website, saying it was working to secure his safety. Ostrovsky has been reporting in Ukraine for weeks, filing video dis
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The rain is coming down in Bolivia. Flash floods sweep through Santa Cruz following heavy rains. Streets have become rivers. Residents blame clogged drains. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED FLOOD VICTIM, SAYING: "The local government did some work here, filled the ground. This has ruined the area. The water has nowhere to go because the sewers are full of earth. I'm tired of complaining. They don't listen to me." Bolivia has been hard-hit by heavy flooding this year. At least 59 have been killed and hundreds of thousands impacted by devastating floods.
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Meryl Streep hit the red carpet in New York. The veteran actress was the recipient of the 14th annual Monte Cristo Award from the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. The award is given to those who show outstanding support for American theater. The three-time Oscar winner attended the National Playwrights Conference at the O'Neill in 1975 and acted in five plays. She was joined on the carpet by last year's honoree Michael Douglas and wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones. Lorde is sick. The Grammy-winning teen postponed a series of concerts in Australia because of a chest infection. The singer released a statement apologizing for the cancellations, promising that she would reschedule them for later in the year. The man who has sued "X-Men" filmmaker Bryan Singer claiming he had raped him as a teenager named three more Hollywood executives in lawsuits, alleging sexual abuse and rape and seeking damages exceeding $10 million. Michael Egan, who was an aspiring teen actor in Los Angeles,
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A series of shootouts in Mexico leads to the arrest of 46 suspected cartel members allegedly posing as vigilantes. The firefight started Monday morning in Huetamo, a city in the western state of Michoacan. Officials said the suspects were from the violent Knights Templar drug cartel. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FEDERAL COMMISSIONER FOR SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN MICHOACAN, ALFREDO CASTILLO CERVANTES, SAYING: "The alleged criminals clearly covered their criminal activities by posing as vigilante group members from that town, by wearing white t-shirts with slogans such as: 'Free Huetamo' and 'Vigilante group members.'" It's unknown whether there were any wounded or fatalities. The government has an uneasy alliance with vigilantes, or "self-defense" groups, who have fought against the cartel group. Some locals believe crime groups may have infiltrated some of the vigilantes, raising doubts about the alliance.
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Old rivals become allies. A group of ranchers, farmers, and tribal communities have joined forces in Washington, DC. They're known as the "Cowboy Indian Alliance". And they're lighting a fire under President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone pipeline: a $5.4 billion project that would pump crude oil from Alberta to Texas. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHEYENNE RIVER SIOUX TRIBE MEMBER CHAS JEWETT SAYING: "And we just want President Obama to know and Secretary Kerry that this decision will be heard for generations." It's a heated debate that's not going away any time soon. Proponents say the pipeline would create jobs, and bolster energy security. Those against the pipeline say it poses a threat to the climate, land, water and tribal rights. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PISCATAWAY TRIBE CHIEF BILLY RED WING TAYAC SAYING: "You sure can't eat oil. So remember that if you go pro pipeline. When it spills it damages crops, land, etc. Where do
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A man attempts to clean away the debris after another day of violence in Baghdad. A car bomb and a suicide bomber killed at least 17 people in the Shi'ite district of Sadr City No one is immediately claiming responsibility for the attacks The district is a stronghold of Shi'ite radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and has been a frequent scene of attacks. A resident asks why us? (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MOHAMMED, CITY RESIDENT, SAYING: "We are not politicians. We are not the government. If they have a quarrel with the politicians and the government, they can go to the Green Zone." Sectarian bloodshed is mounting in Iraq since the Shi'ite-led government began an offensive against Sunni insurgents in the western province of Anbar. In 2013, violence spiked with nearly 8,000 civilians were killed. The latest attacks come as Iraqis prepare to hold parliamentary elections April 30th with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki seeking a third term.
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In Myanmar's western state of Rakhine, violence and poverty run rampant. Now, Muslim Rohingyas there say it's affecting their health. They say their children are suffering from malnutrition and that it's a direct result of aid workers being attacked in the region. (SOUNDBITE) (Rohingya) MUSLIM WOMAN SARSHIDAR SAYING: "My children have been facing food problems for three months since the NGOs left. We have no food support, no medicine, nothing. There is no donor either." Warehouses belonging to aid groups like UNHCR and UNICEF were attacked in March. Workers were immediately evacuated. Now residents say they're without help. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MUSLIM RESIDENT MOHAMAD ALI SAYING: "When we have food aid, we have money and can help each other when someone has health or nutrition problems. Now, no one has money here since there are no NGOs and no help." At the State Information Ministry, there's a different story. The depu
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The people of North Korea were treated on Monday to a special screening of rare childhood photos of their leader Kim Jong-un. Report by Lomasc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited famous Mikhailovsky monastery in Kiev after holding meetings with Ukrainian leaders on Tuesday. Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow said it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose. Speaking on a visit to Kiev, Biden called on Moscow to pull back troops built up on Ukraine's borders and to "stop talking and start acting" on getting Russian separatists who have seized control in eastern towns and cities to disarm. The United States has repeatedly warned Russia it faces "mounting costs" if it fails to ensure full implementation of an international agreement struck last week on calming the crisis. This stipulates the rebels must leave the government buildings that they have occupied in the past two weeks. Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and the eastern rebellion have d
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--STORY CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES -- A man gasping for his breath seeks help amid reports that chemical weapons have been unleashed in Syria again. The video, which can not be independently verified by Reuters, appears to show children among the wounded in Idlib province, in a war that has already cost the lives of more than 150,000 people. Swathes of Idlib province are in the hands of various rebel groups and attacks in rebel-held areas are blamed on President Bashar al-Assad's forces by the opposition. The U.S. says there are indications a toxic chemical, probably chlorine, was used in a rebel-held area in Hama province mid-April shown here. That incident was reported both by Syrian rebels and the government -- with each side blaming the other. If proven, Chlorine gas attacks expose a major loophole in an international deal which promised to remove chemical weapons from Syria. It also suggests chemical warfare could persist after the removal operatio
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A promotional safety video has emerged, featuring the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank last week. Report by Lomasc. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
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For his 150th episode, Telly addict Andrew Collins reviews Channel 4's spin-off of the Coen brothers' classic Fargo; the final series of Mad Men; the gritty LA police drama Southland and the equally gritty Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic