Fatalities in Sinking of South Korean Charter Boat
At least eight people are dead after a fishing charter boat capsized off the southeastern South Korean coast late Saturday night.
The South Korean coast guard says the nine-ton boat named Dolphin was found Sunday morning near the resort island of Jeju, hours after it lost contact with maritime officials. The coast guard says three people have been rescued and flown to a nearby hospital.
One survivor told Yonhap news agency that the boat capsized "in an instant" due to strong waves. He said he and other survivors climbed on top of the capsized boat and held on for more than 10 hours before being rescued.
A manifest showed 22 passengers traveling on the Dolphin, but at least four of those listed were not onboard at the time of the accident.
Dozens of military and civilian ships are searching the surrounding area for more survivors.
Yonhap says South Korean President Park Geun-hye has ordered officials to "do everything possible for the search and rescue of the missing."
Austria, Germany Open Borders to Thousands of Migrants
Germany and Austria are welcoming thousands of migrants within their borders Sunday.
Most of the migrants have opted to seek refuge in Germany - Europe's wealthiest country - where an estimated 8,000 are expected to arrive by day's end. German officials have said they will accept as many as 800,000 asylum seekers this year.
European Union countries have been divided amid an unprecedented migrant influx. EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has warned that the migrant inflow is “here to stay” and called for a unifying European approach to effectively respond to it.
Pope Francis on Sunday called on "every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe" to host a refugee family.
The pontiff told pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter's Square that two parishes in the Vatican will take in two families of refugees.
Meanwhile, refugees on Turkey's border with Syria told VOA Sunday that more and more newcomers are going directly from the borders to buses to begin the next phase of their dangerous journey towards Europe.