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Divers return after a search and rescue operation for the sunken South Korean ferry in Jindo, South Korea on April 19, 2014.

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Parents of Disaster Ferry Passengers Lash Out at Authorities

Multimedia Relatives of South Korean Ferry Victims Fire at Authorities

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April 19, 2014
Relatives of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry have lashed out at authorities after they failed for a fourth day to enter the vessel. Twenty-nine bodies have been recovered from the water but some 270 remain trapped on board. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo.
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Video Parents of Disaster Ferry Passengers Lash Out at Authorities

Relatives of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry have lashed out at authorities after they failed for a fourth day to enter the vessel. Twenty-nine bodies have been recovered from the water but some 270 remain trapped on board. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Jindo.
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Video South Korea Arrests Captain of Sunken Ferry

South Korean police have formally arrested the captain and two crew members of a ferry that sank Wednesday morning off the country's southwestern coast with more than 470 people on board, most of them high school students. Twenty-eight people have been confirmed dead so far, and close to 300 are believed to be trapped inside the ship. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Carter Decries Abuse of Girls in India

A 2013 State Department report on human trafficking says there are 26 million people around the world who are victims of modern day slavery, many of them young girls. The problem is a growing concern, particularly in India. VOA's Kane Farabaugh spoke recently with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter about the problem, which is addressed in his new book, "A Call to Action."
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Video South Korea Continues Search For Survivors of Sunken Ferry

South Korea continues desperate efforts to save some 300 people still missing a day after a ferry carrying about 470 passengers sank off the country's southwestern coast. Most of the passengers were high school students and their teachers on an excursion. At least six people have been confirmed dead so far and about 180 have been plucked from the sunken vessel or the waters around it. Zlatica Hoke reports that a U.S. Navy ship stands ready to assist in the massive rescue operation
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Video South Korea Continues Search for Survivors of Sunken Ferry

South Korea continues desperate efforts to save some 300 people still missing a day after a ferry carrying about 470 passengers sank off the country's southwestern coast. Most of the passengers were high school students and their teachers on an excursion. At least six people have been confirmed dead so far, and about 180 have been plucked from the sunken vessel or the waters around it. Zlatica Hoke reports.
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Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

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Video Hindu, Buddhist Works from Ancient Southeast Asia on View in New York

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Video In Picturesque Thailand, Coal Plant Draws Protests

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Video As US China Seek Closer Military Ties, Differences Loom Large

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's visit to China this week highlighted a rapidly expanding effort between the two nations' militaries to boost ties, despite growing regional disputes. The trip also laid bare some of their sharp differences. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
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Video Maryland Company's Technology Instrumental in Plane Search

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Video US Hails Afghan Elections

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are hailing Saturday’s elections in Afghanistan, which are expected to produce the country’s first-ever democratic transfer of power. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports, although Afghanistan’s next president may not be known for weeks, the Obama administration hopes the new leader will finalize a bilateral security agreement to keep a residual U.S. military presence in the country.
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Video Afghan Vote Deemed Success, Results Uncertain

Afghanistan's presidential vote is being hailed as a success, with seven million voters braving Taliban threats to go to the polls. But as Sharon Behn reports from Kabul, Afghans say the true success of the election lies with the candidates accepting the results.
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Video Afghan Women Await Poll Results With Hope

Hopes are high that Afghanistan's election Saturday may result in the country's first peaceful transition of power in more than a century. Militant attacks and electoral fraud are the main threats to the vote for a new president, who will take over after President Hamid Karzai ends his second term. Afghan women, whose freedom has often been curtailed, also worry about their future under a new government. Zlatica Hoke has this report.
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Video Carter Center Marks Progress in Fight Against Guinea Worm, River Blindness

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