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MH370 search: Investigators remain ‘hopeful’ on anniversary

Malaysia and Australia say they remain “hopeful” that flight MH370 will eventually be found, two years on from its disappearance. The aircraft disappeared between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on 8 March 2014 with 239 people on board. Australian-led search teams are combing a 120,000 sq km (46,330 sq mile) area of the southern Indian Ocean. Only one confirmed piece of ...

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Migrant crisis: UN legal concerns over EU-Turkey plan

The UN has expressed concern over a radical EU-Turkey plan to ease the migrant crisis, saying it could contravene international law. Under the plan, all migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey would be returned and for each Syrian sent back, a Syrian in Turkey would be resettled in the EU. The UN’s refugee agency said any collective expulsion of foreigners ...

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India to get first female fighter pilots in June

India’s air force will induct its first female fighter pilots in June, the country’s air force chief said. Arup Raha told the Press Trust of India news agency that three female pilots will complete their training and be inducted into the force on 18 June. Last month President Pranab Mukherjee announced that women will be allowed in all combat roles ...

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Iran ‘conducts new ballistic missile tests’

Iran has launched several ballistic missiles from silos across the country as part of a military exercise, state media say, defying US pressure. The Revolutionary Guards said in a statement that the tests demonstrated the country’s “deterrent power” and “ability to confront any threat”. In January, the US imposed sanctions targeting Iran’s missile programme in response to the last round ...

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What will be Michelle Obama’s legacy?

The White House’s first black first lady will depart next year. Two commentators consider Michelle Obama’s legacy as she prepares to leave office. Peter Slevin, author of Michelle Obama: A Life We are not likely to see another American first lady do the hula hoop on the White House lawn, practise kickboxing on an official video, dance in public to ...

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Israel’s Netanyahu rejects US ‘surprise’ at Obama talks cancellation

Israel’s prime minister has rejected a White House claim that it was surprised by his decision to turn down the offer of talks with President Barack Obama. US officials complained on Monday that they had learnt via the media that Benjamin Netanyahu had cancelled a planned visit to Washington next week. But Mr Netanyahu’s office said Israel’s ambassador had said ...

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Kidnapped son of murdered Pakistan governor found alive

The kidnapped son of a Pakistani governor assassinated in 2011 has been found alive, just over a week after his father’s killer was hanged. Shahbaz Taseer was taken by gunmen in Lahore in August 2011, months after his father Salman was killed for opposing Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. The assassin, his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri, was hailed as a hero by many. ...

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Taliban reject peace talks with Afghan government

5 March, 2016 Kabul has repeatedly called for all Taliban groups to sit at the negotiating table though President Ashraf Ghani has said his government will not make peace with those who kill civilians.   The Taliban today refused to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Afghan government, reiterating their preconditions for holding dialogue, a statement said. “We want to ...

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US Senator asks colleagues to oppose F-16 deal with Pakistan

5 March, 2016 US will sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. (File Photo) Washington:  A top Republican Senator has asked his colleagues in the Senate to join him in opposing the sale of eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, saying it was “past time” to demand accountability from the country whose “coziness” with terrorists has harmed the ...

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Indonesia issues tsunami warning after 7.9 quake strikes off Sumatra

2 March, 2016 The earthquake hit off the west coast of Sumatra A 7.9 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Indonesia, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The country has issued a tsunami warning, the National Meteorolgical Agency reported.   The shallow quake, which hit southwest of the island of Sumatra on Wednesday, had a depth of ...

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