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Egypt court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to death
Monday, March 24, 2014

CAIRO, March 24: A court in Egypt today sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to death after a mass trial, judicial sources said.
 
Islamist backers of Morsi are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities since his ouster in July, with hundreds of people killed and thousands arrested.
 
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Search intensifies on new debris data
Monday, March 24, 2014

PERTH, March 24: Aircraft from several nations swarmed over the southern Indian Ocean today as the search for a missing Malaysian passenger plane was energised with mounting evidence of floating objects suspected to be linked to the plane.
 
But the challenge of recovering the still-unidentified flotsam took on added urgency as a tropical cyclone rumbled toward the search zone, threatening to worsen already rough conditions that have thwarted spotters....

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Police welcomes foreign intelligence assistance
Friday, March 21, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, March 21: Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, welcomes assistance from foreign intelligence bodies in the investigation for MH370.
 
He makes clear that the Malaysian investigation team does not consider their involvement, including by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as interference. On the contrary, it's appreciated.
 
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Thai Constitutional Court voids February election
Friday, March 21, 2014

BANGKOK, March 21: Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled today that a general election held last month was invalid, deepening a political stalemate following weeks of opposition protests.
 
The February 2 polls, called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in an unsuccessful attempt to ease a months-old political crisis, have not yet been completed because of disruption by demonstrators....

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Takeover of Crimea sends shivers across ex-Soviet Union
Thursday, March 20, 2014

MOSCOW, March 20: It is December 2019 and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is flying to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his bold moves in standing up to the US and establishing a new world order. "Even in its sleep the world does not forget that Russia can turn the entire planet into radioactive ash, not only the United States," reads a new satirical short story by Belarussian writer Sergei Ostrovtsov....

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Australia says definite findings on debris in 2-3 days
Thursday, March 20, 2014

SYDNEY, March 20: Australia expects to make a quick deliberation on whether possible debris seen at sea is indeed from flight MH370, a report said Thursday, but a first spotter flight failed to locate anything in bad weather.
 
Authorities should know something definite on the possible discovery of debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane within two or three days, the Australian Associated Press quoted Defence Minister David Johnston as saying in Jakarta....

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Israel troops 'kill Palestinian teen' in West Bank
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HEBRON : Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian teenager in the southern West Bank on Wednesday, a Palestinian security source told AFP. "Yussef Sami Shawamreh, 15, was killed by the Israeli army near the separation barrier, close to Al-Ramadin village," the source said, indicating that the body was still with the army. ...

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Vietnam jails second blogger in a fortnight
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

HANOI : Vietnam jailed a prominent blogger for 15 months on Wednesday on a charge of anti-state activity, the second such sentencing in a fortnight in a nation where perceived dissent is severely punished. Pham Viet Dao, 61, a Communist Party member and a former official at the Ministry of Culture, was charged with "abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the State" after a half-day trial in Hanoi....

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Thai radar saw unknown aircraft after MH370 vanished
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BANGKOK, March 19: Thai radar picked up an unknown aircraft minutes after flight MH370 last transmitted its location but officials failed to report the findings earlier as the plane was not considered a threat, the air force said Wednesday.
 
The information emerged during checks of radar logs on Monday -- nine days after the Malaysia Airlines jet carrying 239 passengers...

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Why didn't passengers use their cellphones?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BANGKOK, March 19: In the age of smartphones and social media, one question surrounding the disappearance of the Malaysian airliner is why none of the passengers tried to contact relatives, as they did during the 9/11 attacks. Even the absence of phone calls or emails from those on board the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 could provide clues for investigators struggling to solve one of the greatest mysteries of modern aviation....

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