Inexperienced 3rd Mate Steered Ill-Fated Ferry
A ferry that sank off the southwest coast on Wednesday was being steered by an inexperienced third mate. A back-up captain, Lee Joon-seok was in charge of 475 passengers aboard the ferry since the regular one, identified as Shin was on vacation. >> Full Text

Kim Jong-un's Aunt Edited Out of Propaganda Films
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt Kim Kyong-hui has disappeared from documentary footage shown on North Korean TV since February. This has led to speculation that she too has fallen victim to the violent purge. >> Full Text
Koreans Associate Retirement with Poverty, Loneliness
In most of advanced economies, the word retirement invokes positive images, but in Korea it is most associated with economic hardship, fear and loneliness. This is the result of a 2011 survey carried out by British bank HSBC of 17,000 people between 30 and 60 in 17 countries. >> Full Text

Families of missing passengers of a sunken ferry wait for news at a gym in Jindo, South Jeolla Province on Friday.

Students at Danwon High School in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province hold a candlelight vigil on Thursday. /Newsis

Actress Eugene and her husband and actor Ki Tae-young speak after being named promotional ambassadors for a climate change awareness campaign in Seoul on Thursday. /Newsis

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