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More than 300 unaccounted for off South Korean coast

More than 300 people were unaccounted for missing from a ferry sinking off the southwest coast, the South Korean coast guard said in a dramatic increase in the number of missing that had been announced earlier.

South Korean coast guard officers tried to rescue passengers from ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea.

The ferry Sewol sank off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Credit: Google Maps

The passenger ferry was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued, coast guard officials said. Two people were confirmed dead after the ferry listed heavily onto its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions.

South Korea's Ministry of Security and Public Administration had reported that 368 people had been rescued and about 100 were still missing but later said those numbers had been miscalculated.


Boston Marathon suspect 'to face three charges'

A reporter from 7News in Boston has said a man has been charged in relation to leaving an unattended backpack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Jennifer Eagan also said the man told police he had a rice cooker in his backpack.


Charges man with backpack at finish line will face: Possession of hoax device, Disorderly conduct, Disturbing the peace


BPD: With the marathon coming we are taking this seriously.

Read: Man held after security alert at Boston finish line

'290 people missing' after South Korea ferry sinks

Korean news agency Yonhap news reported that 290 people are unaccounted for after a ferry carrying high school students sunk off South Korea.

Read: '290 missing' after South Korea ferry sinks

Appeal 'very difficult' if primary class exceeds 30 pupils

John Walker
John Walker urged worried parents to find out the size of the class their youngster would have been in, if they want to appeal. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Parents who did not get their child into a local primary school should first find out if the class they were hoping to put their youngster in has exceeded 30 pupils, should they want to appeal, a legal expert told Daybreak.

John Walker, who specialises in appeals for school places, said the "first thing" the parents needed to work out if they had an "infant class size appeal".

"In 2000 the Government brought in regulations to say that one teacher can only teach a maximum of 30 children. If that happens, then the test to win the appeal is very, very difficult.

"You either have to show there was a mistake when the initial decision was made or that the decision is so unreasonable that no other school, no other local authority would have made that decision on the family's circumstances."


Tesco boss: Results reflect trading 'challenges'

Tesco's chief executive Philip Clarke has said that the supermarket's results reflect "challenges" in a rapidly changing trading environment.

Our results today reflect the challenges we face in a trading environment which is changing more rapidly than ever before. We are determined to lead the industry in this period of change.

Having strengthened the foundations of our business in the UK, we are now accelerating our growth in new channels and investing in sharper prices, improved quality, stronger ranges and better service.

– Philip Clarke, chief executive

Mum: 'Nothing is for certain' with primary school places

A mother-of-two has said she has taken "nothing for certain" when trying to get her youngest son into primary school, after the family were initially left out in the cold when trying to find a school for their eldest child.

Sally Johnson, who lives with her family in south London told Daybreak they "had a really bad experience" when trying to get six-year-old Joshua into a nearby school last year.

"We didn't get any of our six schools that we had put down and were given a school further out that just wouldn't have suited our family life. So that was really stressful!"

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