Malaysia defends search for missing jet
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities defended their handling of the hunt for the missing Boeing 777 on Wednesday but acknowledged they still are unsure which direction the plane was headed when it disappeared, highlighting the massive task facing an international search now in its fith day.
Obama to host new Ukrainian PM at White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a diplomatic dig at Russia, President Barack Obama is hosting the new Ukrainian prime minister at the White House, a high-profile gesture aimed at cementing the West's allegiance to Ukraine's fledgling government.
Pistorius trial: cricket bat, toilet door in court
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Kneeling in court and swinging a cricket bat at Oscar Pistorius' toilet door, a South African forensic analyst demonstrated Wednesday how the double-amputee athlete may have bashed the door to get to the girlfriend he had just fatally shot.
NATO sends 2 surveillance planes to Ukraine border
GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — NATO deployed two surveillance aircraft Wednesday to monitor Ukraine's air space and Black Sea ship movements as Russia consolidated its military buildup in Crimea.
Senate bill proposes tough sanctions on Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress will weigh some of the most significant U.S. sanctions on Russia since the end of the Cold War in a bid to pressure President Vladimir Putin to pull Russian troops out of Crimea, according to a copy of a new Senate bill obtained by The Associated Press.
US gas boom: A tool against Russian coercion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States, with its abundant supplies of natural gas, would seem to have an easy answer to Europe's fears that a strong response to Russia's rapid takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region could prompt Vladimir Putin to shut down gas lines that keep European homes warm, factorie humming and electricity flowing.
Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar
THE' CHAUNG, Myanmar (AP) — Noor Jahan rocked slowly on the floor, trying to steady her weak body. Her chest heaved and her eyes closed with each raspy breath. She could no longer eat or speak, throwing up even spoonfuls of tea.
Afghan forces kill 3 attackers in battle in south
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Three heavily armed insurgents tried to storm a former intelligence headquarters in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, prompting a fierce gunbattle that left the attackers dead.
Syria's Assad makes rare visit to frontline area
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — In a rare public appearance, President Bashar Assad on Wednesday visited displaced Syrians in a frontline suburb of the country's capital, where he vowed to keep up the fight against gunmen whom he blamed for driving people from their homes, state TV said.
Iraq warns Syria war violence could spread to West
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister has warned Syria has become the world's main arena for terrorism, which could spread to the West if its civil war continues.
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