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Vietnamese air force planes find two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing.
Several hundred people protested in Belgrade on Saturday against plans to move the ashes of Nikola Tesla, one of the pioneers of modern electrical engineering, to Serbia's biggest church. Tesla's remains have been housed in his Belgrade museum, surrounded by his inventions, since 1957. However, in late February the authorities in Belgrade, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the country's Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic signed an agreement to allow the famous scientist's ashes to be transferred to the city's giant Saint Sava cathedral. The move has proved controversial, with protesters, who gathered in front of the museum close to Belgrade city centre, claiming the move would have been against Tesla's wishes.
Libya threatened on Saturday to bomb a North Korean-flagged tanker at an oil terminal in the restive east if it does not leave, saying it was loading illegally. Separatist militants blockading Al-Sidra facility attempted to load crude aboard the Morning Glory in the latest challenge to central government control. "The attorney general has given the order for the ship to be stopped," Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told a news conference. The self-proclaimed government of Cyrenaica in the east, the political wing of the separatists, said oil exports from Al-Sidra had now begun.
Victims of Stalin's mass deportations in 1944, Crimea's Tatar Muslim minority look wearily on next week's referendum on joining Russia, which could well bring the crisis on the tense peninsula to new heights. The referendum is meant to confirm Thursday's decision by Crimea's pro-Moscow parliament to become part of the Russian Federation, even though the authorities in Kiev have deemed it "illegitimate". While the move has been greeted by Crimea's Russian-speaking majority, it has drawn a less than enthusiastic response from the minority Tatars. "The only real threat is Russia, where there is no freedom of speech." Eskender, a respected elderly man in the crowd, is equally outspoken: "We will not take part in the referendum, it's organised by Russian separatists." But if a choice is to be made between annexation and a full blown conflict, joining Russia "will still be less awful than war," he admits.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's top Democratic officials, and thousands of their followers, have gathered in Los Angeles for their convention.
PARIS (AP) — The Louvre has always showcased nudes. Never quite like this.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Two weeks ago, Sergey Aksyonov was a small-time Crimean politician, the leader of a tiny pro-Russia political party that could barely summon 4 percent of the votes in the last regional election. He was a little-known businessman with a murky past and a nickname — "Goblin" — left over from the days when criminal gangs flourished here after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's interim president on Saturday issued a much-anticipated decree governing an upcoming presidential election that clears the way for a vote many expect will be won by the country's military chief.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In late December, President Barack Obama's new legislative affairs team sent him more than a dozen recommendations for ways to improve his strained relations with Capitol Hill. The president responded with a few ideas of his own, including a request for more social events with lawmakers at the White House.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department has confirmed that 750 detainees at the Northwest Detention Center have refused to eat and say they are on a hunger strike.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Vietnamese air force planes on Saturday spotted two large oil slicks close to where a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 went missing earlier in the day, the first sign that the aircraft carrying 239 people had crashed. The air force planes were part of a multinational search operation launched after Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing early Saturday morning.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Central European nations are urging the United States to boost natural gas exports to Europe as a hedge against the possibility that Russia could cut off its supply of gas to Ukraine.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — More than three years after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg committed $100 million toward remaking Newark's struggling schools, the district is engulfed in a dispute over proposed large-scale teacher layoffs that's threatening to derail wider reform efforts.
KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama is continuing his telephone outreach on Ukraine during his Florida vacation.
Results from the All-England Open on Saturday in Birmingham (x denotes seeding):
The Oribi Gorge Swing is described as one of the highest swings in the world and when Lawrence Santangeli decided to brave the swing, he put it all on camera! Situated in KwaZula Natal in South Africa, the Oribi Gorge Swing comprises of simply stepping off the edge of the waterfull into the gorge- a whopping 55 storeys! Credit: Lawrence Santangeli
Staff from California’s Oceanic Society nursed this injured Hawksbill turtle back to health in their field station in Belize after it was brought to them by a local resident. The turtle, which is on the critically endangered list, was suffering from an injured rear flipper which left it too weak to move. The staff fed it fish and brought it out for supervised swimming sessions each morning, and now it’s almost healthy enough to release. Oceanic Society is a non-profit organization based in California (established 1969). More information at www.oceanicsociety.org. Credit: Brian Hutchinson
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland girl who disappeared after her mother was found dead last week has been located following a nationwide search, authorities say.
MILAN (AP) — Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed Saturday that names of two nationals listed on the manifest of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight match passports reported stolen in Thailand.
Four centuries after his death, Madrid has decided to finance a search for the remains of Spanish Golden Age writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of the emblematic Don Quixote of la Mancha. Cervantes was buried in April 1616 in the church of the red-brick Convent of Trinitarians in central Madrid. The convent is still inhabited by nuns and has been designated part of Madrid's cultural heritage since 1921, complicating any effort to excavate in blind pursuit of Cervantes' remains. Yet the Spanish capital feels it has a duty to find the remains of the author, who was born in 1547 in the university city of Alcala de Henares near Madrid but spent his final years in the capital.
Militias in control of Libya's eastern ports are attempting to export oil with a North Korea-flagged tanker that docked at gunpoint Saturday, as the prime minister said his military leaders failed to carry ...