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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The international search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expands further into the Indian Ocean amid signs the aircraft may have flown on for hours after its last contact with air-traffic control nearly a week ago. A U.S. official says the Malaysia Airlines plane sent signals to a satellite for four hours after the aircraft went missing last Saturday, raising the possibility the jet carrying 239 people could have flown far from the current search areas. It also increased speculation that whatever happened to the plane was a deliberate act. By Chris Brummitt and Joan Lowy. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-SENDING SIGNALS -- A look at three types of signals planes give off, and how they relate to the missing jetliner. SENT: 330 words.

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-OTHER DISAPPEARANCES -- Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is the latest example of a very rare event in aviation: a plane that vanishes. SENT: 390 words, photo.

-- MALAYSIA-PLANE-ARMCHAIR SLEUTHS -- There aren't supposed to be any mysteries in the Digital Age. The answers to most questions, it seems, can be found using Google or Twitter. So, maybe that's why the world is captivated by the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and why it has created a legion of armchair sleuths, spouting theories in some cases so strange they belong in science-fiction films. By Scott Mayerowitz. SENT: 940 words, photo.

-- INDIA-MALAYSIA PLANE -- India searches hundreds of small, uninhabited islands in the Andaman Sea using heat-seeking devices to try to find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight. SENT: 200 words.


BEIJING -- A popular Chinese instant messaging service has removed at least 40 accounts with content about political, economic and legal issues in a possible sign Communist authorities are tightening control over discussion of sensitive topics. The accounts were closed Thursday on WeChat. The action came hours after the closing of the eight-day annual session of China's ceremonial legislature. By Didi Tang. SENT: 420 words.


QUETTA, Pakistan -- A doctor at a hospital in southwestern Pakistan says 10 people were killed and at least 37 wounded when a bomb went off near a passenger bus in the city of Quetta. SENT: 130 words.


KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A senior Afghan government official says a roadside bomb in the southern Helmand province has killed six civilians, including two women and two children. SENT: 130 words, photos.


BEIJING -- A fight between two food stall owners at a market in southern China leaves five people hacked to death and one person fatally shot by police, authorities say. By Didi Tang. SENT: 260 words, photos.


MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines rejects a Chinese demand that it remove a grounded navy ship from a disputed shoal in the South China Sea, saying the vessel is a permanent government outpost. China's coast guard prevented two Philippine civilian vessels from delivering supplies to the rusting ship at Second Thomas Shoal on Sunday, escalating tensions in the area. The Philippines and the U.S. have called Beijing's action provocative. By Teresa Cerojano. SENT: 330 words.


MUMBAI, India -- An old, seven-story residential building collapses in a Mumbai suburb and up to 10 people may be trapped under the debris, Indian officials say. The building had already been condemned as unsafe when it crashed down into a huge pile of concrete slabs, rubble and dust. SENT: 170 words.


JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The political party of former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri has nominated the capital's governor as its presidential candidate. Joko Widodo, known affectionately as "Jokowi," has topped polls as the most electable candidate to run in the presidential election on July 9. SENT: 180 words.


TOKYO -- Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library. More than 300 books related to Frank, including "The Diary of a Young Girl," have been found vandalized recently at libraries across Japan's capital. SENT: 130 words.


TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government is not considering a revision of the country's 1993 apology for forcing South Korean and other women to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II. SENT: 300 words, photo.


TOKYO -- A Japanese government-funded laboratory says it has found "inappropriate handling" of data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper, but has yet to discover anything that amounts to misconduct. SENT: 240 words.


MANILA, Philippines -- American negotiators have agreed that Philippine authorities can have access to U.S. facilities set up inside local military bases, clearing a key obstacle in their talks on a new military accord, Philippine officials say. That "access has always been a primordial concern" for the government, says Defense Undersecretary Pio Lorenzo Batino says. It would show Filipino control over these areas, a sensitive issue concerning sovereignty in the former American colony. By Oliver Teves. SENT: 460 words.


HAT YAI, Thailand -- A Buddhist teacher is fatally shot on her way to school and then set ablaze in southern Thailand, becoming the 170th teacher killed by suspected Muslim insurgents in the country's decade-long insurgency, authorities say. The 42-year-old woman, who taught English at a rural school, was driving a motorcycle to work when a gunman on the back of a passing motorbike killed her with two shots to the head, police say. SENT: 220 words.



TONI, Japan -- When the tsunami smashed the seafood processing factory where Shoichi Sato was working, he lost his job but eventually found a new life. Three years later, Sato is among the businessmen helping to bring back the fishing industry, long a mainstay livelihood for coastal towns along Japan's northeastern coast. Sato's company, Kamaishi Hikari Foods, employs only 25 people but supports hundreds more who sell their catches of octopus, squid, salmon and mackerel for processing right at the water's edge. In Toni, whose entire port was wrecked by the tsunami, it's about the only game in town. By Elaine Kurtenbach and Emily Wang. SENT: 850 words, photos.



KIEV, Ukraine -- Shoppers in the center of Kiev were out of luck one recent afternoon: An athletic clothing store and a cellphone shop were occupied by black-clad men in masks, some armed. Not far away, toughs frightened hotel visitors with baseball bats, bulletproof vests and balaclavas. Weeks after mass protests ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, members of the ultranationalist group the Right Sector are still occupying buildings in Kiev. The group isn't content with controlling the streets: They want real power in government. By Maria Danilova. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

-- UNITED STATES-UKRAINE -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russia's foreign minister in a last-miute bid to stave off an East-West crisis over the Ukraine. SENT: 900 words, photos.


WASHINGTON -- Yielding to pressure from some of his staunchest allies, President Barack Obama is searching for ways to act without Congress to ease the suffering caused by deportation in America, as his prospects for signing a true immigration fix fade. By Josh Lederman. By Josh Lederman. SENT: 250 words, photo.


SEATTLE -- The FBI is refusing to run checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado -- a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 850 words, photos.


BAGHDAD -- A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could allow girls as young as 9 to get married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband's whim, provoking outrage from rights activists and many Iraqis who see it as a step backward for women's rights. The measure, aimed at creating different laws for Iraq's majority Shiite population, could further fray the country's divisions amid some of the worst bloodshed since the sectarian fighting that nearly ripped the country apart after the U.S.-led invasion. It also comes as more and more children under 18 get married in the country. By Sameer N. Yacoub and Sinan Salaheddin. SENT: 850 words, photos.


WASHINGTON -- Failings last spring by nuclear missile operators at an Air Force base in North Dakota were worse than first reported, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. By National Security Writer Robert Burns. SENT: 950 words, photos.


WASHINGTON -- President Obama's move to make more workers eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay is being hailed by Democrats who see it as a potent midterm election issue and condemned by Republicans and business leaders as presidential overreach. Supporters say it will help the still fragile economy, critics say it will further damage it. It is likely to affect millions of American workers. By Tom Raum. SENT: 240 words.


LOOS-EN-GOHELLE, France -- Almost 60,000 British troops died in the World War I Battle of Loos, a third of whom disappeared with no known grave. Nearly a century later, 20 of those men are reburied with full military honors in a ceremony in this sleep northern French village, close to where they fell in battle. The ceremony was a reminder of the horrors of a war that devastated this continent 100 years ago -- and as a reminder of why many Europeans today are so wary of seeing a new conflict on their eastern flank in Ukraine. SENT: 760 words.


NEW YORK -- After a five-month-long look at what the government learned about Bernard Madoff's epic fraud, jurors are close to beginning to weigh whether five of his former employees were his conspirators or his dupes. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 490 words.


PHOENIX -- A man convicted after his third trial in the 1991 killings of nine people, including six monks, at a suburban Phoenix Buddhist temple is set for sentencing and faces life in prison. SENT: 450 words, photos.


-- CLINTON DOCUMENTS -- National Archives to release 4,000 more pages of documents from Clinton White House. SENT: 490 words.

-- PLANE-EMERGENCY-PHILLY -- Plane evacuated after aborted takeoff is removed from runway at Philadelphia airport. SENT: 135 words, photos.

-- FRANCE-POLLUTION -- Air pollution that has turned Paris skies a murky yellow is giving a break to millions of French travelers -- all public transportation in the Paris region and two other cities is free for the next three days. SENT: 130 words, photos.

-- OBIT-BENN -- Tony Benn, committed British socialist who gave up his aristocratic title, dies at age 88. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

-- UNITED STATES-IRELAND -- St. Patrick's Day comes early to the White House as Biden, Obama meet with Irish leader Kenny. SENT: 130 words.


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Updated : 2021-05-16 15:13 GMT+08:00