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Malaysia Airlines Flight Changed Its Route

Malaysia Airlines plane turned west, deviating from its planned route, before disappearing, according to information of a military radar, said the Malaysian Air Force. The flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday with 239 people on board while covering the route between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing an hour after takeoff. Meanwhile, two Iranian citizens, ages 19 and 30, were traveling with passports stolen in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared last Friday, Interpol said. The men were identified as Pouri Nourmohamadi and Seyed Mohammadreza Delavar and did not have any links with terrorist organizations, as initially suspected.
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Unicef Declares 2013 the Worst Year for Syrian Children

The past year has been the worst for million children in Syria in terms of humanitarian issues, said Tuesday the UN fund for children and childhood, Unicef. This figure, which is twice that reported a year ago, including nearly one million children who are trapped in places besieged by armies, without access to food and medical care. Another data provided by UNICEF is that most refugee children start working at an early age and some girls are forced to marry because of financial issues. The report also warns that if the same situation is allowed for another 12 months, it…
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Amid Escalating Violence, UN Officials Urge Immediate Halt To Attacks In Darfur

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay have voiced deep concern about the escalation of violence and its impact on civilians in Sudan’s Darfur region, and urged an immediate halt to hostilities. Since late February, fighting between rebel groups and local militia in South Darfur has left thousands of people homeless, with reports of looting and villages burnt. In North Darfur, over the past few days, thousands of people have fled inter-communal fighting and sought protection at the African Union-UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) camp in Saraf Umra. “The Secretary-General urges all parties to…
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Ukraine: Yanukovych Stated That His Removal Was “illegal”

Ousted President Viktor Yanukovych said Tuesday that his departure from the government of Ukraine, which occurred on 23 February was "illegal." He also said that he expects to return to power to restore order in the country, which is experiencing a political crisis with Russia after his departure from government. He added during a press conference, that he continues to be the current head of the Ukrainian military. After the dismissal of Yanukovych, thousands of inhabitants of the Crimea region in the southeast of the country, noted their desire to belong to the Russian Federation and called for a referendum…
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Malaysia Identifies Passengers Traveling with Stolen Passports

Two Iranian citizens of 19 and 30 years old were traveling with stolen passports in the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared last Friday, Interpol said . The men were identified as Pouri Nourmohamadi and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza and did not have any links with terrorist organizations, as was initially suspected. Secretary General of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble, said that the young men showed no sign of belonging to a terrorist group and they are inclined to think that the disappearance of the aircraft is not related to such attacks. Meanwhile, the head of the Malaysian police, Khalid Abu Bakar…
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Rhode Island to Continue ‘Heat and Eat’ Benefit

Governor Chafee Responds Quickly to Consequences of New Farm Bill Requirements Providence, – In response to changes in federal law through the Farm Bill, which was recently signed by President Obama, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee announced today that Rhode Island would continue using a provision, commonly referred to as "heat and eat," in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Continuation of the program will allow Rhode Island to preserve nearly $69 million in SNAP benefits annually, or an average of $83 per month for those affected households in Rhode Island. "By taking advantage of 'heat and eat,' Rhode Island is…
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A New Blood Test May be Able to Predict Alzheimer’s 3 Years Before Onset

A new blood test could detect with 90 % accuracy whether a person will develop Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment three years in advance, according to a study released by the journal Nature Medicine. The research, conducted by a group of experts from the Georgetown University Medical Center in the Washington DC, found that some changes observed in the blood may mean that the patient is suffering from Alzheimer's in its earliest stage. Scientists examined for five years over 70,525 healthy people and identified ten main phospholipids which could be used to predict whether patients will develop mild cognitive impairment…
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UN Wants to Prevent Genocide in Central African Republic

Sectarian fighting began after a coup that brought to power the first Muslim president. The chief investigator for the United Nations for the Central African Republic said it hopes to prevent genocide in that country. Bernard Acho Muna added that the international community should not wait until genocide is committed but to ensure that those who encourage hatred are judged. The UN team will travel to the capital, Bangui, on Monday night. In December, the Security Council decided to launch an investigation into human rights violations committed in the Central African Republic. Around 650,000 people have been displaced in that…
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US and Chinese Presidents Analyze Ukrainian Crisis

President Barack Obama discussed the Ukrainian crisis with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping . The White House said the two leaders had agreed on the importance of upholding the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Chinese agency, Xinhua news said that Xi Jinping has called on all parties to channel their differences through diplomacy and exercise restraint . British and German officials said the president of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, has promised to talk to his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, on the possibility of creating an international contact group to facilitate dialogue with the new Ukrainian government. Ukrainian…
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Lost Malaysian Airplane: Search Broadened & Oil Stains Discarded

Azharuddin Abdul Rahman, General Director of the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia, was on hand to talk to the press. Malaysian officials say the search area for the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last Friday en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has been amplified on the east coast, and extended to some areas of the west coast. Oil samples found in the South China Sea have been discarded. The officials added that the two passengers traveling on the stolen European passports were not of Asian appearance. The Malaysian police had previously said that they thought they had identified one…
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