South Korea ferry disaster: third mate 'steering in tricky waters for first time'
The South Korean ferry that sank off the country’s coast on Wednesday was being steered by an inexperienced officer who was navigating the area, which is notorious for its fast currents, for the first time.
The revelation lends weight to the theory that a series of errors by senior crew members caused the Sewol to list and capsize. Full story
Mount Everest avalanche leaves at least six Nepalese climbers dead
An avalanche on Mount Everest early on Friday has killed at least six local climbers and left several others injured.
Nine climbers are still missing, according to local authorities, and the death toll appears likely to rise in coming hours. Four bodies have so far been recovered, local police officials said. Full story
“The statistics on domestic violence, for instance, or the disproportionate impact of austerity on women, or the peculiar predicament of women from ethnic minorities are not a matter for national shame and urgent attention – until a female foreigner of a certain age points them out. Then we must get busy saying well, at least we aren’t as bad as South Africa, or – and here we really clutch at the flimsiest of straws – Saudi Arabia.”—Tanya Gold: Britain may have a sexist culture – but at least it’s British sexism, eh?
Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber are due to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison.
Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will also ask the judge to order prosecutors to hand over more information on the defendant’s family as they seek to build a case that could limit his blame for the attack. Full story
“The west should have taken steps to make absolutely sure that eastern Ukraine would not fall too. That required a big stick, and big carrots too – or at least some subtle diplomacy. Instead we got utterly meaningless sanctions aimed at the wrong people (Putin’s big-business cronies do not determine his foreign policies).”—Angus Roxburgh: The west is obliged to defend Ukraine – and Putin must know what that means.