1. SOUTH KOREA SHIP
Serious charges: South Korean President Park Geun-hye gets real in her assessment of the captain and some of the crew in the deadly ferry sinking. “The actions … are akin to murder,” she said today, after weekend reports of chaos and confusion as the disaster unfolded. Tell us what you really think, Madam President. At least 64 people have died and 238 others remain missing. The captain and six others have been arrested.
2. YEMEN AL QAEDA STRIKES
Militants killed: A “massive and unprecedented” assault targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in Yemen, a government official told CNN today. The operation includes drone strikes and Yemeni commandos and is “going after high-level AQAP targets,” according to the official. The government’s not commenting directly on this, but the official says at least 30 militants have been killed.
3. MISSING PLANE
45 days: Frustrated families keep the faith in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But emotions were raw and tempers short when Malaysian government officials met with Chinese families today. Meanwhile, the underwater drone scanning the Indian Ocean floor hasn’t found anything in its first eight missions. It’s already scanned about two-thirds of its designated search area with nary a trace of the missing plane. Mission No. 9 began today.
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