S Korea to pay $380,000 for each ferry victim

SEOUL - The South Korean government said on Wednesday it would pay about 420 million won ($380,000) as compensation for each of the 250 students who died or remain missing from last year’s ferry disaster, in the first settlement offer to victims’ families.The families of 11 teachers who ...

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