Nearly three hundred people are missing in the crash of Sevol passenger ship off the coast of South Korea.
Rescuers managed to evacuate 180 people from the ship; at least three people were killed in the accident. As many as 290 people are unaccounted for.
The ferry crashed between the port of Incheon and Jeju islan. By noon local time (7 am Moscow time ) the vessel had partially sunk.
Seven vessels and several helicopters took part in the rescue operation. Rescuers initially stated that the passengers would be evacuated within two hours, but then it was reported that 107 of them went missing. Afterwards, the number increased to 290 people.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.
Presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak, who was accredited for the press conference by Vladimir Putin from Dozhd (Rain) television channel, asked Putin about competition at the coming election
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign