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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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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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Scientists Warn That Climate Change Could Increase Malaria Cases

Malaria affects millions of people every year. A group of British scientists and researchers warned that climate change could bring a significant increase in cases of malaria around the world, as well as the spread of the disease to mountainous areas of Africa and South America. The study, published in the journal Science, says that even a small increase in temperature in the future could result in millions of cases of disease. The researchers found evidence that mosquitoes that transmit the disease are moved to higher ground as the temperature rises. People living in high altitude areas lack adequate immune…
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Hijacker Tries to Divert Plane to Sochi

A passenger aboard a commercial airline flight from Ukraine to Turkey tried to hijack it to Sochi, Russia, on Friday but the plane landed safely in Istanbul and the hijacker was taken into custody. The hijacker, identified as a Ukraine national claimed he had a bomb onboard. The plane was carrying 110 passengers and the crew was able to persuade the hijacker that they should land at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport. Upon landing, special security forces which had been alerted to the situation entered the aircraft and detained him. According to reports, he was taken to the Istanbul Security Headquarters.…
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US Issues Warning About Toothpaste Bomb Threat for Sochi

The Department of Homeland Security issued a warning for airlines flying into Russia for the Winter Olympics. The US warned that explosives could be hidden in toothpaste tubes that are smuggled on to planes. They went on to say that there was no specific danger to the US at this time. This is the latest reported threat concerning the winter games in Sochi, where security has been increased. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement to the BBC that it "regularly shares information with domestic and international partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi…
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Judge In Knox Trial To Be Investigated For Comments

On Monday, Italy’s Justice Minister Annamaria Cancellieri ordered an investigation into the comments made by the judge who reinstated the murder convictions of Amanda Know and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Last Thursday, Alessandro Nencini sentenced Know to 28 years and six months and Sellecito to 25 years for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and later spoke to Italian media after the verdict. Lawyers for Sollecito claim that his comments show the judge had been biased against their client. They asked Italy's judicial governing body to consider disciplinary action and queried whether the court's decision was still valid.…
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Last of the Mirabal Sisters Passes Away

The last of the four Mirabal sisters known as the butterflies, Bélgica Adela Mirabal, died Saturday, February, 1, 2014 of pulmonary complications at a hospital in Santo Domingo. She was 88. Known as Doña Dede in the Dominican Republic, she and her sisters fought to overthrow one of the most notorious dictators in Latin America, Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. The assassination of three of the Mirabal sisters on November 25, 1960 created an uproar in the country and ultimately led to the assassination of the dictator in May 30, 1961. The story of these sisters has been told countless times, most…
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Ex-President Morsi Defiant At trial

Now facing four separate criminal trials on various charges, Egypt's first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was deposed by the military in July 2013 after mass protests against his rule. During the trial Morsi began shouting that he was still the legitimate president. Violence continues throughout Egypt and has escalated after Egypt's top military body gave its backing for army chief Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to run for president. The Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist organization and authorities have punished any public showing of support for it. He and 14 other figures from the Muslim Brotherhood face charges…
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