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Missing Malaysia Airlines MH370
Interpol has just released the identity of the second 'stolen passport' passenger on MH370.
By Siva Govindasamy, Alwyn Scott and Tim Hepher KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK/PARIS (Reuters) - I nvestigators trying to solve the disappearance without trace of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner face an extremely rare challenge that could hinder their efforts: they lack the powers of a formal air safety investigation. Malaysian officials are conducting their own informal investigations, in cooperation with other governments and foreign agencies, but they lack the legal powers that would come with a formal international probe under U.N.-sanctioned rules. A senior official familiar with the preliminary Malaysian probe said Malaysian authorities could not yet convene a formal investigation due to a lack of evidence on where - namely, in which national jurisdiction - the Boeing 777-200ER jet crashed. "There have been no issues in getting that information." But Southeast Asian waters are rife with territorial disputes, and any decision by Malaysia to unilaterally open a formal investigation under U.N. rules could be seen as a subtle assertion of sovereignty if the crash site turns out to be inside another country's territory.
Pakistani judges hearing treason charges against Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday adjourned his formal indictment to the end of the week after an official report said the former military ruler's life was under threat. Musharraf, who ruled from 1999 to 2008, became the first former army chief to come before court on treason charges last month in a case that is seen as a test of civilian rule over the country's powerful army. The court was due to indict Musharraf on Tuesday over his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, but lead judge Faisal Arab exempted him from appearing until Friday after his lawyers presented an interior ministry report citing security threats. The report, seen by AFP, said: "It seems that the terrorists have sympathizers in the security/cavalcade of (Musharraf) in order to assassinate him." It added the plan may be executed through planted or vehicle-borne explosives, or even at the court in a manner "similar to the incident of Salman Taseer", a governor who was shot dead by his own security guard in 2011 after demanding reform of the country's blasphemy law.
South Korea and Canada concluded a free-trade agreement Tuesday, wrapping up a negotiating process that began nine years ago and focused on barriers in the auto and agriculture sectors. The South's trade ministry said the FTA would be signed as early as June after legal reviews by both sides. Talks between the two countries began in 2005 but suffered a five-year hiatus as Canada took South Korean restrictions on beef imports to a World Trade Organisation panel in 2009. The trade ministry said South Korea's auto industry would be the greatest beneficiary of the deal, which is the first FTA Canada has signed with an Asian country.
LONDON (AP) — In another sign that Europe's economy is turning the corner, a leading ratings agency found Tuesday that the value of new stock market listings more than tripled in 2013.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's tourism industry should continue to grow this year as the economy improves and the state increases its advertising overseas, a Michigan State University report said Monday.
Ridership on public transportation systems around New York state is on the rise, mirroring a trend seen across the country, according to data released Monday by the American Public Transportation Association. ...
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico officials say New York-based investment firm Paulson & Co. is investing $260 million in two upscale hotels in the U.S. territory.
DALLAS (AP) — Airlines are still tallying up the damage from this winter's storms, but solid demand for travel means they are likely to weather the rocky start to 2014 in good shape.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Opening statements were scheduled Tuesday in the retrial of three Pittsburgh police officers — one who has since quit the force — on civil rights claims that they wrongly arrested and beat a young black performing arts student in January 2010.
George Washington University will name its public health school for Michael Milken, the 1980s king of Wall Street "junk" bonds who spent 22 months in prison but later devoted himself to philanthropy ...
CAIRO (AP) — The deputy head of Egypt's dwindling Jewish community has been buried.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA's improper search of a stand-alone computer network established for Congress has been referred to the Justice Department.
Stocks are little changed in early trading as investors pick over earnings reports from retailers and other U.S. companies. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was down a point at 1,876 in the first few minutes ...
The main airport in Ukraine's Crimea on Tuesday cancelled incoming flights from the capital Kiev but allowed several planes from Moscow to land, five days before a referendum called to join the Black Sea region to Russia. A Ukrainian airline plane was turned back on its way from Kiev to Simferopol, the region's main city, and returned to the capital. Airport passenger information also showed an incoming flight from Istanbul, Turkey, had been cancelled. But several flights came in from Moscow.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For much of the past three decades, pit bulls have been widely regarded as America's most dangerous dog — the favorite breed of thugs, drug dealers and dog-fighting rings, with a fearsome reputation for unprovoked, sometimes deadly attacks.
Missouri's low-income housing initiative is inefficient and among the costliest in the nation, State Auditor Tom Schweich said Monday while recommending changes to the program. The new state audit generally ...
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albanian authorities say they have arrested and will extradite an Albanian former United States resident sought by the U.S. to face drug trafficking charges.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Attorneys for an Army general charged with sexual assault said Tuesday that they have decided to try to renegotiate a plea bargain with a new set of military officials after the judge determined that the case may have been improperly influenced by political concerns.
The price of oil dropped below $101 a barrel Tuesday on expectations U.S. crude stocks rose last week.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Maoist rebels ambushed paramilitary soldiers in a brazen daytime attack Tuesday, killing 20 at a camp in a remote central forest and putting authorities on alert just weeks before national elections.