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For the first time in the country, electronic share trading began on Tuesday, with two stockbroker companies — Kalika Securities and Trishakti Securities — carrying out trading of 30 units of dematerialized shares of Agriculture Development Bank.
 

Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered rescuers Thursday in the search for 287 passengers still missing more than 24 hours after their ferry flipped onto its side and filled with water off the southern coast of South Korea.
Fears rise for missing in SKorea ferry sinking

 

A ferry carrying roughly 460 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving more than 280 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.
283 missing in S. Korea ferry disaster

 

Hopes that Malaysia's missing jet might soon be found are yielding to the sobering realization of the immense challenge of searching an uncharted seafloor at depths that push deep-sea technology to its limits.
 

Australia--The leader of Australia's most populous state quit as premier on Wednesday in the face of mounting evidence that he failed to declare a AU$3,000 (US$2,800) bottle of wine that arrived as a gift on his Sydney doorstep.
 

Digital music sales in Singapore overtook those of CDs and records last year for the first time.
 

An Indonesian governor said Wednesday he has ordered all civil servants in a central province to attend mass prayer sessions and religious sermons in a bid to stop adultery.
 

South Korea has blocked the newly launched Korean version of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison, saying Wednesday that it threatened family values in a country where marital infidelity is a crime.
 

South Korea and Japan held rare high-level talks Wednesday on the extremely sensitive issue of wartime sex slavery, which has contributed to a virtual freeze in diplomatic ties.
 

Philippine President Benigno Aquino publicly apologized on Wednesday for failures in air-conditioning at Manila airport, already named by an online travel guide as the world's worst.
 
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