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JINDO, South Korea---South Korea s prime
minister resigned yesterday over the gov-
ernment s handling of a ferry sinking that
has left more than 300 people dead or
missing and led to widespread shame, fury
and finger-pointing, blaming "deep-rooted
evils" in society for the tragedy.
South Korean executive power is largely
concentrated in the president, so Chung
Hong-won's resignation appears to be sym-
bolic. Presidential spokesman Min Kyung-
wook said President Park Geun-hye would
accept the resignation, but did not say when
Chung would leave office.
Chung's resignation comes amid rising
indignation over claims by the victims' rel-
atives that the government did not do
enough to rescue or protect their loved ones.
Most of the dead and missing were high
school students on a school trip.
Officials have taken into custody all 15
people involved in navigating the ferry Sewol,
which sank April 16. A prosecutor revealed
that investigators were also looking into
communications made as the ship sank
between a crew member and the company
that owns the ferry.
The arrested crew members are accused
of negligence and of failing to help passengers
Capt Lee Joon-seok initially told passen-
gers to stay in their rooms and took half an
hour to issue an evacuation order, by which
time the ship was tilting too severely for
many people to get out.
Chung was heckled by victims' relatives
and his car was blocked when he visited a
shelter on an island near the site of the
sinking a week ago. Yesterday, he gave his
reasoning for the resignation to reporters
"As I saw grieving families suffering with
the pain of losing their loved ones and the
sadness and resentment of the public, I
thought I should take all responsibility as
prime minister," Chung said.
"There have been so many varieties of
irregularities that have continued in every
corner of our society and practices that have
gone wrong. I hope these deep-rooted evils
get corrected this time and this kind of acci-
dent never happens again."
Divers have recovered 188 bodies and 114
people are believed to be missing, though
the government-wide emergency task force
has said the ship's passengers list could be
inaccurate. Only 174 people survived, includ-
ing 22 of the 29 crew members.
The seven surviving crew members who
have not been arrested or detained held
non-marine jobs such as chef or steward,
according to Yang.
The ferry was carrying an estimated 3,608
tons of cargo, according to an executive of
the company that loaded it.
That far exceeds what the captain claimed
in paperwork---150 cars and 657 tons of
other cargo, according to the coast guard---
and is more than three times what an
inspector who examined the vessel during
a redesign last year said it could safely carry.
South Korea PM quits
over sunken ferry
Supporters listen to Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati during an election rally in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh state, India, yesterday.
With 814 million eligible voters, India is voting in phases over six weeks. Results are expected May 16. AP PHOTO
BEIJING---Chinese authorities have ordered video
streaming Web sites in the country to stop showing
four popular American TV shows, including The
Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife, represen-
tatives from two sites said yesterday.
The move suggests government attention is inten-
sifying on the online streaming industry, which is
freer than state television and China's cinemas to
show foreign productions and other content and
has stretched the boundaries of what can be seen
in the country.
A spokeswoman for a leading online video site,
Youku, said it had received notification on Saturday
not to show sitcom The Big Bang Theory, political
and legal drama The Good Wife, crime drama NCIS
and legal drama The Practice. Of those, Youku
showed only The Good Wife. The State Admin-
istration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Tel-
evision didn't give a reason for its order, said the
spokeswoman, who couldn't be named because of
A senior manager at another site, who spoke on
condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity
of the issue, said it received the surprise order last
week to "clean their Website." The order, which
was identical to the one sent to Youku and other
companies, also listed a Chinese slapstick miniseries
made by another site, Sohu, as having to be removed,
said the manager.
Calls to the State Administration of Press, Pub-
lication, Radio, Film and Television rang unanswered
yesterday, and Sohu did not immediately respond
to a request for comment.
Online streaming sites regularly receive orders
to take down Chinese or foreign TV programmes
and movies, but usually because the regulator con-
siders them to be too salacious or violent or because
they infringe copyright laws. Sohu's most popular
US shows are Nikita---episodes from the first and
second seasons have been watched a combined
total of 472 million times---and Masters of Sex,
which weren't included in the order. (AP)
PARIS--- France's interior
minister says prosecutors have
opened a preliminary
investigation of two Paris police
officers in connection with the
suspected rape of a Canadian
tourist inside police
An interior ministry
statement yesterday says both
police officers, who haven't
been named, as well as a third
who wasn't charged but is
named as a witness in the
investigation, have been placed
on suspension pending the
Prosecutors are investigating
an accusation of gang rape
made by the Canadian tourist
last week. French media reports,
citing police sources, say the
woman met the off-duty police
officers in a nearby bar.
The police headquarters, on
an island in the Seine River, is
home to Paris judicial police and
is often evoked in France by its
address, 36 Quai des Orfevres.
Two French officers under probe for rape of Canadian tourist
Cast of The Big Bang Theory.
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