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Desperate search for survivors after ferry sinking

A desperate search is continuing for ferry passengers in South Korea, many of whom were children on a school trip, after a ship capsized.

Safety announcements were confused with some told to jump in the water and others were told to stay where they were as the ship started tipping over. Six bodies have been found.

The ferry set sail on a 14 hour journey from Incheon to Jeju island late last night. It capsized near the island of Byeongpoong. It was carrying 429 passengers and 30 crew.

ITV News' China Correspondent Lucy Watson reports:

Russian withdrawal Ukraine's main demand at talks

Ukraine's foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia has said the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country's eastern borders and Crimea will be the delegation's main demand at the upcoming Geneva conference.

The crisis talks between Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the US are set to begin tomorrow.

Ukraine's foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia speaks at a press conference in Geneva.
Ukraine's foreign minister Andriy Deshchytsia speaks at a press conference in Geneva. Credit: RTV

"Our position at these consultations is first of all to demand the end of support by Russia of the terrorist groups which are active in the eastern regions of Ukraine," Mr Deshchytsia said at a press conference.

"Besides we will demand from the Russian Federation to condemn such terrorist actions and to withdraw troops which are amassing by the eastern borders of Ukraine".

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US 'does not anticipate breakthrough' over Ukraine

Washington does not anticipate a breakthrough with Russia over the Ukraine crisis at tomorrow's Geneva conference, Reuters reported, citing unnamed US officials.

The officials said it was reasonable to assume that more sanctions would be imposed against Russia if there was no progress at the meeting.

Ukrainian soldiers standing on a combat vehicle try to negotiate with pro-Russian protesters in Kramatorsk.
Ukrainian soldiers standing on a combat vehicle try to negotiate with pro-Russian protesters in Kramatorsk. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

They believe Russian President Vladimir Putin envisions a federalist Ukraine that would allow Moscow to veto its decisions.

US: Ukraine's action to restore law & order is appropriate

The White House says it is appropriate for the Ukraine government to take action to restore law and order in the country.

It also urged Kiev to continue to to do so in a "measured and responsible" way.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters travelling on Air Force One that Kiev had responded with "admirable restraint" to destabilising actions by armed pro-Russian separatists.

Pro-Russia separatists bid to humiliate Ukraine

Separatists flew the Russian flag on armoured vehicles taken from the Ukrainian army today in a bid to humiliate Kiev's operation to recapture towns in the eastern region.

Six armoured personnel carriers were driven into the rebel-held town of Slaviansk to shouts of "Russia! Russia!"

ITV News Europe Correspondent Emma Murphy reports

Read: It might already be too late to stop the slide into civil war in Ukraine

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Former Anglo Irish Bank chairman found not guilty

The former chairman of the collapsed Anglo Irish Bank has been found not guilty of illegal lending and providing unlawful assistance to investors.

Sean FitzPatrick was put on trial in Dublin in January along with two other former executives of the bank, in the first such case since the banking crisis cost taxpayers more than €60 billion (£49 billion).

Sean FitzPatrick, the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank.
Sean FitzPatrick, the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, was found not guilty by a Dublin court. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The jury will continue deliberations tomorrow on the charges against Pat Whelan and Willie McAteer, who were also accused of providing loans to investors known as the "Maple Ten".

Whelan and McAteer have pleaded not guilty.

Agonising wait for family of missing ferry passengers

Family members of those missing from the capsized South Korean ferry Sewol have gathered at a port on Jindo Island awaiting the arrival of rescue teams.

A family member of a missing passenger who was on the South Korean ferry that sank today as she waits at a port for a rescue team's arrival Credit: Reuters

Rescue workers will use flares to help light up the seas as they continue to look for survivors into the night, but divers have been forced to stop searching inside the ship, which is now almost completely submerged, until daylight.

Crowds wait for a rescue team's arrival at a port where family members of missing passengers are gathered in Jindo Credit: Reuters

The ship set sail from the port of Incheon on Tuesday evening with 462 passengers on board. Nearly 340 are believed to have been from the same high school near the capital Seoul, on their way to Jeju island for a field trip.

Family members of missing passengers comfort each other as they await a rescue team's arrival Credit: Reuters

Watch: Desperate rescue operation as South Korea ferry sinks

Couple take 'selfie' overlooking Kiev's central square

A young couple have been pictured taking a "selfie" at Kiev's central Independence Square in front of the barricades and burned out buildings.

A young couple take a 'selfie' in front of the barricades and burned out buildings in Kiev's Independence Square.
A young couple take a 'selfie' in front of the barricades and burned out buildings in Kiev's Independence Square. Credit: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

The square has been at the centre of anti-government protests leading up to the ouster of then-president Victor Yanukovich and beyond.

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