Angry relatives of more than 200 people, mostly children, missing inside a sunken South Korea ferry demanded authorities act now to raise the vessel and hit out at officials, including the country's president, as hopes of finding survivors faded.
Australian officials supervising the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have said an underwater search for the black box recorder based on "pings" possibly from the device could be completed in five to seven days.
Hopes that a deep sea drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor might soon turn up a missing Malaysian jetliner were fading, as the remote-controlled submarine embarked on a fifth mission with still no sign of wreckage.
The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward as an international team of researchers has confirmed the existence of the first Earth-sized planet within the "habitable" zone of a star.
A man has appeared in court in Hong Kong accused of making a hoax bomb threat on a flight wielding a chocolate bar "like a sword" and demanding that the plane be diverted so he could attend the Winter Olympics.
Rescuers are struggling with strong waves and murky waters on as they search for hundreds of people, most of them teenagers from the same school, still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized on Wednesday.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald has said that "it is quite startling for the public in Ireland to hear" that inter-country adoption is now about older children with special needs.
Minister of State with Responsibility for Primary Care Alex White has said he is very happy to negotiate with the Irish Medical Organisation on the scope and content of the contract for the provision of free GP care to children under six.