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South Korean prime minister offers to quit over ferry disaster

South Korea

Prime minister offers to quit over ferry disaster

South Korea's prime minister offered to resign today over the government's handling of a ferry sinking that left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing. The resignation offer comes amid claims by the victims' relatives that the government didn't do enough to save them. South Korean executive power is largely concentrated in the president, Park Geun Hye, so the resignation offer by Prime Minister Chung Hong Won appears to be largely symbolic. There was no word from Park about whether she would accept the resignation.

Hartford, Conn.

Stabbing suspect in hospital

A teenager charged with stabbing a fellow high school student to death in Milford, Conn., on the day of their junior prom is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation, one of his attorneys said Saturday. The name of the 16-year-old suspect was not released but people who saw him taken into custody identified him as Chris Plaskon, a friend of the victim, Maren Sanchez, 16. Authorities were investigating whether she was stabbed after turning down his invitation to the dance.

Elsewhere

North Korea: A 24-year-old American tourist identified as Miller Matthew Todd has been detained, North Korean media reported. A travel agency in New Jersey said the man, Matthew Miller, was on its tour and was being held "on claims of seeking asylum" in the country.

Times wires

South Korean prime minister offers to quit over ferry disaster 04/26/14 [Last modified: Sunday, April 27, 2014 1:04am]
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