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At least 34 people are reported to have died after a ferry overturned in rough seas in the Philippines. The coast guard says more than a hundred others have been rescued, but some remain missing. There were more than 170 people on board. Ferries are a common form of transport in the Philippines.
New satellite photographs of the disputed Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea show that China has almost finished construction of an airstrip on one of its new artificial islands. There are also helipads, radar and communication systems and supply ships are moored off far across reef. The program has been sharply criticized by countries with rival claims to the area as well as the United States. BBC news.