A body found more than a month ago in a South Korean plum orchard has been identified by authorities as that of a businessman who headed the family that owned the operator of a ferry that capsized in April, killing more than 300 people.
Police told reporters today that DNA and fingerprint evidence from the body found on June 12th in the south of the country showed it to be that of Yoo Byung-un, the target of South Korea’s largest manhunt for more than two months.
Failure of authorities to apprehend Mr Yoo had become a further political headache for President Park Geun-hye, whose government came under heavy criticism for its handling of the ferry disaster in which most of the victims were children.
Rig Enters Uncharted Waters of Russian Political Storm - Dilemma for ExxonMobil
An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for ExxonMobil.
Exxon, the top U.S. oil major and the world's most valued oil company, is bringing the rig, called West Alpha, from Norway to the Russian Arctic. It is hoping for a major discovery in the Kara Sea with Russian partner Rosneft.
The journey has begun just as the United States has slapped the toughest sanctions yet on Russia, including on Rosneft, over escalating violence in Ukraine. Further sanctions are likely after the downing of a Malaysia Airlines' plane in eastern Ukraine.
The joint activity does not necessarily break the latest sanctions, but the rig's mission will be seen a sign that a top U.S. company is backing Moscow. West Alpha belongs to Norway-listed Seadrill, the world's biggest offshore rig firm, and Exxon has contracted the rig until the third quarter of 2016.
Seadrill Chief Financial Officer Rune Magnus Lundetrae told Reuters the rig had already sailed from the Norwegian yard and was on its way to the Kara Sea.
Controversial Greenpeace Ship Ready to Leave Russia
A press conference in Murmansk, where Greenpeace planned to announce that its Arctic Sunrise crew completed repairs on the ship and it is ready to leave Murmansk for Amsterdam under its own power, did not take place.
Greenpeace Russia reported that when its press office started to answer the questions of journalists, the police showed up and demanded an end to “the rally.”
Nonetheless, the ship is ready to sail and leave Murmansk in the immediate future, when the government and the Port Authority will perform all the necessary procedures.
"Over the last three weeks, the team was able to return the new Arctic Sunrise in working condition, and tomorrow after making a departure, it will go to its home port - Amsterdam. There a full repair will be completed, and hopefully Arctic Sunrise will soon again be on guard in the Arctic."- said the Arctic Sunrise’s Tatyana Vasilyeva.
Hapag-Lloyd offers new feeder service between Thailand and Singapore
Hapag-Lloyd will offer a new feeder service Thailand Singapore Express (TSX) between Thailand and Singapore, the company said in its press release.
Laem Chabang • Singapore • Laem Chabang
Dahlia voyage S912
ETD Laem Chabang July 14 / ETA Singapore July 17