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Iranian people-smuggling link as Malaysia jet search widens
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian police said Tuesday one of two suspect passengers who boarded a missing passenger jet was an Iranian illegal immigrant, as relatives of some of the 239 people on board said they were losing hope for a miracle.
 
Authorities have doubled the search radius to 100 nautical miles (185 kilometres) around the point where Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared from radar over the South China Sea early Saturday, en route from here to Beijing....

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Missing MAS jet draws comparisons to AF447 case
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PARIS: The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which on Monday was yet to be located three days after it dropped off the radar, has drawn comparisons with the 2009 crash of Air France flight AF447.
 
Here are main the similarities and differences:
 
SIMILARITIES...

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Malaysia mystified as no plane debris found
Monday, March 10, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said Monday there is still no trace of wreckage from a jet that vanished with 239 people on board, deepening the anguish of relatives two days after the mystifying disappearance.
 
A potential breakthrough emerged Sunday when an aircraft scouring waters off southern Vietnam -- part of an international search and rescue effort -- spotted two objects authorities said could be debris from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370....

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Continue travelling, Abbott tells Australians
Monday, March 10, 2014

MELBOURNE: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is encouraging Australians to keep travelling despite fears terrorists may have been behind the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane.  Six Australians and two New Zealanders were on board the Boeing 777-200 that went missing over the South China Sea on Saturday, during a six-hour flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. ...

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Vietnam spots possible wreckage from MAS plane
Monday, March 10, 2014

HO CHI MINH CITY: Vietnamese searchers on Sunday spotted possible aircraft debris after combing the sea for nearly 48 hours in search of a Malaysian passenger jet that vanished with 239 people aboard, officials said.
 
The discovery, which could confirm the worst fears of anguished relatives, came after Malaysia's government launched a terror probe into the Boeing 777's disappearance, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports....

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Family members of Modal Perdana chairman on MAS flight
Sunday, March 9, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The wife and two daughters of Modal Perdana Group chairman Datuk Mohamed Ramli Abbas, a former Celcom chief executive officer, were among the 239 passengers on the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) MH370 reported missing early Saturday. Ramli's sister-in-law, Salmy, said his wife, Datin Biby Nazli Mohd. Hassim and daughters Maria and Dina had boarded the aircraft bound for Beijing....

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Two passengers on MAS plane had stolen EU passports
Sunday, March 9, 2014

ROME: Two passengers on a Malaysia Airlines passenger aircraft that went missing in Asia with 239 people on board appeared to have been travelling on stolen EU passports, it emerged Saturday.
 
An Austrian, named in reports as Christian Kozel, 30, had his passport pinched in Thailand in 2012, while Italian Luigi Maraldi, 37, had his stolen last year, also in Thailand, officials and sources said....

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Ships and aircraft deployed to search for plane
Saturday, March 8, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has deployed one aircraft and three ships in a search-and-rescue operation following the disappearance of a Beijing-bound Malaysia Airlines (MAS) plane today.
 
MMEA command, control, communication and information director Captain (Maritime) Hamid Mohd. Amin told Bernama the operation was launched at 8.30 am.
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Ukraine faces breakup as Crimea moves to join Russia
Friday, March 7, 2014

SIMFEROPOL: Ukraine on Friday faced the threat of breaking apart after Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia in a sharp escalation of the worst East-West security crisis since the Cold War.
 
The powerful speaker of Russia's house of parliament said Moscow intended to respect Crimea's historic choice, which both Kiev's new Western-backed interim leaders and US President Barack Obama denounced as illegal....

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Crimean parliament asks to join Russia as EU leaders meet
Thursday, March 6, 2014

SIMFEROPOL: The local parliament in Crimea took another step towards seceding from Ukraine on Thursday, asking to become part of Russia as EU leaders held an emergency summit to deal with the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
 
Pro-Moscow lawmakers made the request to Russian President Vladimir Putin and said they would put the question to a referendum on March 16 as Russian forces maintained their grip on the strategic Black Sea peninsula....

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