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The search and rescue efforts for the passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol in South Korea resumed early Thursday with 290 people still unaccounted for and authorities have so far deployed 171 ships, 29 aircraft and scores of divers since 6am, The Korea Herald reports.
Veteran Malaysian politician Karpal Singh died in an accident early Thursday, according to The Star. Thai officials meet this afternoon to decide on the country's political future should the caretaker Cabinet be removed from office, says The Nation. With just two years to go before its term ends, the administration of Philippine President Aquino plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms through a revised and more ambitious Philippine Development Plan to try to make economic growth inclusive and lift millions out of poverty, Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou is prepared to engage in a debate with Democratic Progressive Party leaders any time over the Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, says The China Post.

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Teen makeup: No longer taboo in Korea
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From coffee cup rings to chopsticks
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