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Rescuers accelerated their search operations to find survivors on the sunken ferry Sewol in waters off Korea’s southwestern coast as grieving families made desperate appeals for more efforts to save their loved ones, according to The Korea Herald. Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines on Friday to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ, Philippine Daily Inquirer reports. US President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, The Star says quoting reports. Taiwan could face big trouble without a service trade agreement with China, experts from Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development (IMD) were quoted by The China Post as saying. China's central government budget for its so-called "three main public expenses" was slashed by 10.3 percent this year from the 2013 level in line with the country's ongoing frugality campaign, according to China Daily.

 

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