Experts are now skeptical over a theory that the missing aircraft was the target of a terror attack.
LATEST: An American satellite imaging company is getting the public to help analyse high-resolution images for any sign of the missing plane.
By Siva Govindasamy and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam (Reuters) - Officials investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner with 239 people on board suspect it may have disintegrated in mid-flight, a senior source said on Sunday, as Vietnam reported a possible sighting of wreckage from the plane. International police agency Interpol confirmed that at least two passports recorded in its database as lost or stolen were used by passengers on the flight, raising suspicions of foul play. An Interpol spokeswoman said a check of all documents used to board the plane had revealed more "suspect passports" that were being further investigated. Malaysia's air force chief said the Beijing-bound airliner may have turned back from its scheduled route before it vanished from radar screens.
The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth. So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into ...
Malaysia Airlines said on Sunday it now feared the worst for its missing plane carrying 239 people, more than a day after it went missing, and was working with a U.S. company that specialises in disaster recovery. "In fearing for the worst, a disaster recovery management specialist from Atlanta, USA will be assisting Malaysia Airlines in this crucial time," the airline said in a statement.
By Anuradha Raghu and Nguyen Phuong Linh KUALA LUMPUR/HO CHI MINH CITY (Reuters) - A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew was presumed to have crashed off the Vietnamese coast on Saturday, and European officials said two people on board were using false identities. There were no reports of bad weather and no sign why the Boeing 777-200ER would have vanished from radar screens about an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. "We are not ruling out any possibilities," Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a news conference. But the passenger manifest issued by the airline included the names of two Europeans - Austrian Christian Kozel and Italian Luigi Maraldi - who, according to their foreign ministries, were not in fact on the plane.
Two large oil slicks spotted by the Vietnamese air force offered the first sign that a jetliner carrying 239 people had crashed into the ocean after vanishing from radar without sending a single distress ...
Malaysian police: 1 passenger using stolen passport on missing jet was Iranian asylum seeker.
Oscar Pistorius's murder trial was on Tuesday set to hear more details on the autopsy of his slain girlfriend, a day after the star sprinter threw up as he listened to a graphic account of the gunshot injuries he inflicted on his lover. Forensic pathologist Gert Saayman was due to wrap up his testimony in the High Court before defence lawyer Barry Roux will start with cross-examination. On Monday 27-year-old Pistorius retched loudly into a blue bucket as Saayman detailed the wounds that caused the death of the Paralympian star's girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp four times with a nine millimetre pistol on Valentine's Day last year in what prosecutors charge was premeditated murder and he says was an accident.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators have found plenty of common ground in an overnight debate about climate change that has been characterized by civil exchanges from lawmakers who hear plenty to like in each other's words. Could this really be happening in Washington?
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Shoulder to shoulder, cheek to cheek, young women and men sit next to each other while a thick film of cigarette smoke fills the dimly lit cafe in central Tehran. Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" blares from the speakers.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is bolstering his party's campaign coffers, joining an ally of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help the Democratic National Committee climb out of a worrisome deficit. It's the latest alignment of the Obama and Clinton orbits, as the former first lady considers a White House bid in 2016.
March 11 (Reuters) - The Thai index traded at a three-month high on Tuesday ahead of the country's central bank monetary policy decision, while other Southeast Asia markets recovered after most of them ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators rallied behind significant changes in military law to curb rape and sexual assault within the ranks, approving steps to protect the victims and barring the "good soldier defense" to ensure evidence alone determines a defendant's fate.
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Canada reached a free trade agreement Tuesday that the two governments hope will boost exports and investment.
The importance of language in the escalating crisis in Ukraine came to the fore when Russian President Vladimir Putin justified deploying troops in Crimea by saying Moscow needed to protect Russian-speakers there. Traditionally, the west of the country as well as the capital Kiev has been Ukrainian-speaking, while the east and south -- closer to Russia and including the explosive peninsula of Crimea -- speak Russian. After Russia's parliament gave Putin a green light to send troops into Ukraine, many Kiev residents have started speaking only Ukrainian as a sign of protest against the Kremlin's actions. Members of ousted president Viktor Yanukovych's Regions Party usually speak Russian, while ex-prime minister and icon of the former opposition Yulia Tymoshenko, a Russophone, refuses to speak it even in interviews to Russian journalists.
The steam and heat from volcanoes allowed species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, a study showed Tuesday, offering help for scientists dealing with climate change. An international team of researchers said their analysis helped explain a long-running mystery about how some species thrived, often in isolation, in areas covered by glaciers, with volcanoes acting as an oasis of life during long cold periods. "Volcanic steam can melt large ice caves under the glaciers, and it can be tens of degrees warmer in there than outside," said Ceridwen Fraser, the joint team leader from the Australian National University. "Caves and warm steam fields would have been great places for species to hang out during ice ages.
NEW YORK (AP) — A British man who was supposed to take down an airplane with a shoe bomb in 2001 until he backed out of the conspiracy is set to resume testimony in the trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law with a description of what happened in the weeks after the terrorist attacks.
"Unanimous agreement in the U.S. Senate is pretty rare — but rarer still is the kind of sweeping, historic change we've achieved over the past year in the military justice system." — Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., after the Senate approved a bill making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault.
BEIJING (AP) — China's chief bank regulator says companies including Internet giants Alibaba and Tencent have been picked to set up the country's first five private banks.
Two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut on Tuesday landed back on Earth in Kazakhstan after a stay of more than half a year aboard the International Space Station. Russians Oleg Kotov and Sergei Ryazansky and NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins touched down in their Soyuz capsule at 0324 GMT outside Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan, mission control said. The textbook landing in difficult weather conditions underlined the strength of space cooperation between the United States and Russia, despite the soaring diplomatic tensions over Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.