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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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Democracy, a Referendum, Russia and the West
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

An article written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey which featured in the Global Research yesterday pointed out the sheer hypocrisy and arrogance showed by the European Union on its retaliation towards the result of Sunday's Crimea referendum.
 
More than 96 percent voters decided that the region should secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
 
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MH370: 77 cases of treatment for family members
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

PUTRAJAYA, March: Seventy-seven cases have been recorded concerning outpatient treatment and counseling given to family members of passengers on flight MH370 who are accommodated at the Everly Hotel here over the past 10 days.
 
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S.Subramaniam said of the total, four had been referred to the emergency department of Putrajaya Hospital.
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Putin takes first step for Russia to absorb Crimea
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

MOSCOW, March 18: President Vladimir Putin today took the first steps to absorb the Ukrainian region of Crimea into Russia, in what would mark the most significant redrawing of Europe's borders since World War II.
 
Putin officially informed parliament of Crimea's request to join Russia and instructed the national branches of power to approve an agreement for Crimea to become part of the country....

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Australia to lead southern search
Monday, March 17, 2014

SYDNEY, March 17: Australia will take responsibility for the southern vector of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, with 25 countries now involved in a huge operation to locate the plane, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Monday.
 
The Malaysian government has revealed an investigation indicates the jet was deliberately diverted and flew for several hours after leaving...

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Obama Declares a National Emergency: Crimea Self-Determination Constitutes a “Threat To US National Security”
Monday, March 17, 2014

Crimea yesterday had a referendum with an overwhelming 95 per cent support for joining Russia. The United States and Europe had condemned the referendum as illegal and had referred to it as 'referendum at gunpoint'. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts ...

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West to Punish Crimea for Fleeing Regime in Kiev
Sunday, March 16, 2014

Voting will begin today to determine whether Crimea will re-join Russia or stay with Ukraine - a controversial referendum which has been dubbed "illegal" by much of the international community.  Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher shared his views on the matter.  The ...

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Jakarta governor nominated for Indonesia presidency
Friday, March 14, 2014

JAKARTA, March 14: Indonesia's main opposition party today nominated the hugely popular governor of this city, Joko Widodo, as its presidential candidate, setting him up as the leading contender for July elections.
 
Surveys have shown that Widodo, affectionately known nationwide as Jokowi, would claim the presidency by a long shot if nominated.
 
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